BEDFORD – A Bedford man was arrested after a Bedford Police officer stopped him for speeding.
The officer was running radar near the intersection of 16th Street and Poplar Drive when he observed a blue Ford F-150 traveling at a high rate of speed. The driver was traveling 47 miles per hour in a 30 mph zone.
The officer initiated a traffic stop. The driver pulled over in the Jackson County Bank parking lot.
The officer said the odor of marijuana was coming from the vehicle and the driver 61-year-old Raymond Fields appeared to be under the influence..
Fields admitted to smoking marijuana earlier, but said there was a smoking pipe with marijuana in it in the door. He handed the officer the pipe. He was then asked to perform several field sobriety tests which Fields failed.
Fields submitted to a SoToxa test which had a positive result for cannabis.
Fields admitted he had smoked two or three “bowls” of marijuana in his driveway approximately 30 minutes before being stopped.
The officer asked Fields if he normally smokes and drives and he stated “No not usually, I was just
going to a birthday party whatever so”. The officer told Fields, “You can’t be doing that” and he
advised, “Yeah I know”.
He was transported to IU Health Bedford Hospital for a blood draw and those results are pending.
During an inventory search of the vehicle police found a glass jar containing a plastic baggie of marijuana and two envelopes containing the drug.
Fields was detained on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated controlled substance pending the results of the blood test, OWI endangerment, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The vehicle was towed by Stone City Collision.