State Police traffic stop leads to two arrests

TIPTON COUNTY– A recent traffic stop by Indiana State Police Trooper Dakota Anderson led to the arrest of Nicholas Parks, 41, and Christopher Symons, 37, both from Bunker Hill, IN. Both were incarcerated in the Tipton County Jail.

On Tuesday, at approximately 4:24 p.m., Anderson initiated a traffic stop, on a 2007 Dodge Caliber, on State Road 28 near Tipton County Road 900 West. Anderson had received information that the vehicle’s occupants had outstanding arrest warrants.

Symons was identified as the driver and had an outstanding arrest warrant for a parole violation. While speaking with officers, Symons ran from the scene. He was quickly captured by Trooper Dukengston Lavache.

Parks, a passenger in the Dodge, repeatedly provided officers with false identifying information. He was eventually identified and found to have three active arrest warrants from Howard and Madison Counties for two counts for possession of methamphetamine, dealing methamphetamine, felon in possession of a handgun, intimidation, false informing, and resisting law enforcement. 

During a subsequent search of the Dodge and the suspects, officers allegedly found marijuana, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and $4,157.00 in United States currency. 

Further investigation led officers to obtain a search warrant for a travel trailer at 504 S. Main Street, Kempton. During a subsequent search of the trailer, officers allegedly found fentanyl, heroin, prescription medications, and methamphetamine. 

Parks faces criminal charges for possession of methamphetamine, possession of a legend drug, identity deception, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Symons was incarcerated for resisting law enforcement, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of a narcotic.   

All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.