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Traffic Stop Lands Worthington Man In Jail
Updated May 5, 2013 1:06 AM | Filed under: WBIW News
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(LINTON) - A Worthington man is facing several preliminary drug charges and allegedly operating a vehicle while intoxicated after leaving a Linton bar early Friday morning.

Sabrina Westfall of the Greene County Daily World reports that Eric A. Shake, 44, was pulled over by Linton Police Officer Brock Garrison at the intersection of SE 8th and Vincennes shortly after midnight for allegedly failing to signal intent to turn and false and fictitious registration.

Indiana State Police Trooper Richard Klun arrived on scene, and the license plates were ran through the Linton Police Dispatch and Indiana State Police Bloomington Post Dispatch.

Shake was driving a white, 1988 Oldsmobile with plates registering to a 1994 white Saturn owned by a woman in West Baden Springs, Ind., according to probable cause affidavit filed with Greene Superior Court by Trooper Klun.

Shake indicated to officers that he had recently purchased the car, but Klun noted the registration showed he had purchased the car in August of 2011.

Shake told officer Garrison he had just left the Bottoms Up bar and was headed to his parent's house on Vincennes Street.

While Garrison spoke with Shake, Trooper Klun spoke with passenger Joshua W. Pittman, who told the officer he had just met Shake at the bar and he was giving him a ride home to his residence about four blocks away. Pittman was released at the scene.

Garrison asked Shake to exit the vehicle for a roadside field sobriety test, in which Shake failed all three tasks.

He was then transported to the Linton Police Department for further testing, which he later tested at a .13 percent blood alcohol content on a certified breath test administered by Klun.

While Shake was being transported to the LPD, Klun and LPD Officer Mike Watts stayed on scene to conduct a vehicle inventory and wait for the tow truck.

The completed inventory of the car found two pieces of folded foil, containing a white powder substance, which field tested positive for methamphetamine. Officers also found two plastic bags containing a green plant-like material and a green plant-like material on the back seat of the drivers side, all of which field tested positive for marijuana.

Upon completing the breath test, Garrison and Klun attempted to speak with Shake regarding the materials found in his car, but he indicated he did not want to talk without his lawyer present.

"While Officer Garrison was searching Shake's person, Shake spontaneously uttered, 'The weed (marijuana) is mine'. We both instructed Shake that we could not talk to him about that, until he speaks with his lawyer," Klun wrote.

Along with a half-pill Garrison confiscated at the traffic stop, he also found two more pills on Shake's person, which were identified as Acetaminophen and hydrocodone bitartrate. The pills are considered a schedule III substance, and are only available by prescription, which Shake did not have on his person.

Shake was then transported to Greene County Jail on charges of possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony; possession of a schedule I, II, III or IV controlled substance, a class D felony; possession of marijuana, a class A misdemeanor; OVWI endangering a person, a class A misdemeanor; OVWI, a class C misdemeanor; OVWI with an alcohol concentration equivalent to at least .08 but less than .15, a class C misdemeanor.

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