At approximately 8:30 p.m. last night, a Philpot, Kentucky man found himself being arrested after being stopped for speeding and having a headlight out.
Trooper Steve Nolan was conducting traffic patrols on State Road 66 near the Warrick/Spencer County line when he stopped a vehicle for traveling 73 mph in a 60 mph zone and for having a headlamp out. As Trooper Nolan was speaking with the driver he noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Trooper Nolan also noticed that the driver, Robert C. Newton, 23, Philpot KY showed signs of being impaired.
After conducting Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, Trooper Nolan determined that Newton was impaired and detained him so a chemical test could be conducted. A search of the vehicle revealed a large plastic bag containing marijuana, over $1,500 in cash and other items commonly associated with the use and sales of illegal drugs.
A chemical test was conducted, however, the results will not be known for some time as they are sent to the Indiana Department of Toxicology for analysis.
Newton was transported to the Spencer County Jail and remanded to the custody of the jail staff without incident.
Newton is facing charges of Dealing Marijuana a Level 6 Felony, Possession of Marijuana a Class B Misdemeanor,
Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated a Class A Misdemeanor and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a controlled substance a Class C Misdemeanor.
Assisting at the scene: Trooper Nathaniel Kern and the Spencer County Sheriff’s Office
All suspects are innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.