Throwing Lit Cigarette From Car Results in Meth Arrest

(FLOYD CO.) – On Wednesday, Trooper Brandon Farias was patrolling I-64 westbound near the 122-mile marker when he observed the driver in front of him throw a lit cigarette from his window, landing in a shower of sparks as it hit the roadway. Indiana law prohibits both littering and throwing anything burning from a vehicle, including a lit cigarette.

Trooper Farias stopped the vehicle and, after speaking to the driver, found him to be driving with a suspended Illinois driver’s license. The passenger, Shaunna Marie Buckman, 19, of Carmi, Illinois stated she did not have an operator’s license.
Trooper Farias then advised both subjects that he would be impounding the vehicle due to there being no valid driver. Consequently, Trooper Farias conducted a vehicle inventory, which resulted in the discovery of smoking devices which field tested positive for methamphetamine located in Buckman’s purse. Buckman stated to officers that she was not in possession of any other contraband or illegal substances.
Buckman was arrested for possession of paraphernalia and transported to the Floyd County Jail. Once at the jail, officers located a syringe and over an ounce of methamphetamine on Buckman’s person after conducting a strip search.
Shaunna Buckman is charged with Possession of methamphetamine, a level 3 Felony; Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe, a Class 6 Felony; Possession of Paraphernalia, a Class A Misdemeanor, and Trafficking with an Inmate, a Class A Misdemeanor.