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KPD Arrests Two; Investigates Crash
March 4, 2009 - Two men were arrested following a routine traffic stop Feb. 19 at 6193 S and S.R. 109 by KPD Officer Anthony Lorton. During the investigation, Lorton, with the assistance of Officer Derek Hall, searched the car and found drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Joseph L. Hawkins, 19, of Wilkinson was arrested on charges of consumption of alcohol by a minor, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. Zachary M. Close, 19, of Markleville was arrested on a warrant out of Vigo Co. as well as charges of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. Both men were transported to the Henry Co. Jail.
On Feb. 28, Officer Derek Hall was traveling westbound on Old National Road in Knightstown when he clocked a car going 55 mph in 30 mph zone. He activated the emergency lights to make the traffic stop. When the officer approached the vehicle, he could smell an odor commonly associated with alcohol beverages. The officer also noticed slurred speech and poor manual dexterity of the driver identified as Joshua A. Gustin of Knightstown. Sobriety tests administered by officers showed a result of .15 BAC.
Gustin was placed under arrest for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He was transported to the Henry Co. Jail where he was booked. Two accidents were investigated by Knightstown police officers during the past couple of weeks.
Officer Derek Hall investigated an accident at S.R. 109 and I-70 on Feb. 15. Brittany Meece of Anderson told the officer that she was traveling southbound on 109 when she had to slow for traffic. Tina Edwards of New Castle, driver of the second vehicle, told the officer that she was distracted and didn’t notice the other car slow and struck Meece’s car in the rear.
Edwards was transported to the Henry Co. Hospital for minor injuries. Damages to the two vehicles were estimated at about $10,000.
Another minor accident was investigated Feb. 20 at the intersection of S. Washington St. and U.S. 40.
Tina M. Baker of Knightstown stated to Officer Dennis R. Baker that while stopped at the stop light she backed up and did not see the other vehicle driven by Brittany K. Rhoton of Carthage because it was on her blind side. Rhoton told police that she was waiting for the light to change when Baker backed into her vehicle. There was no estimate of damages to the two vehicles.
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