(SEYMOUR) - A weekend traffic stop north of Seymour led police to arrest a Kentucky man wanted on a sexual predator charge, police said.
He was armed with loaded handgun, Sgt. Noel Houze of the Versailles Post said Sunday.
Around 11:50 a.m. Saturday, Indiana State Police Trooper Randel Miller was patrolling Interstate 65 when he stopped a 2006 Dodge Charger near the southbound 51-mile marker for a traffic violation, Houze said.
"During the course of the traffic stop, Trooper Miller became concerned for his safety when the occupants of the vehicle continued to make suspicious movements," Houze said. "When he searched the occupants he located a loaded 9 mm handgun on the passenger, 30-year-old Donald R. Tyler of Newport, Ky."
Houze said Tyler first gave Miller false names during questioning, but the trooper eventually found Tyler's identification card hidden inside the car.
"Once Tyler had been positively identified, Trooper Miller determined he was wanted on a warrant in Kentucky for failing to register as a sex offender," Houze said.
Tyler was placed under arrest for the outstanding warrant, Houze said, and Miller also charged Tyler with a preliminary count of possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, which is a Class B felony, and two counts of false informing, a Class A misdemeanor.
Tyler was taken into custody without incident and booked in at Jackson County Jail in Brownstown. He remained in jail there Sunday night.
Bond was set at $50,000 on the Indiana charges, but a hold was placed on Tyler in connection with the Kentucky charge.
The female driver was not charged with any crime and was released, Houze said.
Miller was assisted by Trooper Jimmy Wells and Officer Adam Surface of Seymour Police Department.
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