Equipment Violation Leads to Drug Dealing Charges

(HARRISON CO.) – Troopers arrested a Georgetown man early Tuesday on numerous felony charges after first observing a simple equipment violation.  

Trooper Zachary Lavey, and newly appointed Probationary Trooper Dakota Novak, were patrolling SR 135 in Harrison County around 2:30 Tuesday morning when the officers spotted a white Hyundai Sonata displaying green lights.

Indiana law only allows for white or amber lights to be displayed to the front of a car.

When the officers attempted to catch up with the Sonata, they realized the driver had greatly increased speed and was traveling approximately 100 mph as they continued south into Corydon.

Damon Arnold

The driver, later identified as 46-year-old Damon Michael Arnold, of Georgetown, Indiana, eventually stopped in Corydon and pulled in to a local hotel parking lot.  

As Lavey and Novak continued the stop and investigation, they discovered over 24 grams of suspected methamphetamine as well as marijuana and drug-related paraphernalia. Officers also found Arnold was a Habitual Traffic Violator (HTV) with only an Indiana ID card.

Damon Arnold was arrested and charged with the following dealing meth, possession of meth, being a habitual traffic offender, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and reckless driving

Arnold was also wanted on a Level 6 Felony warrant out of Floyd County for HTV. Officers transported Damon Arnold to the Harrison County Jail without further incident.