2018-01-10 / Front Page

Driver flees on foot from traffic stop


Phillip M. Reed Phillip M. Reed Thursday afternoon, Jan. 4 at 3:44, Indiana State Police Trooper Colton Maynor was patrolling US 231 near County Road 925 South (Cloverdale), when he noticed a southbound green 1996 Toyota Camry travel left of center. Prior to stopping the vehicle, Trooper Maynor noticed the license plate was obstructed by dirt and grime rendering it unreadable.

Trooper Maynor activated his emergency lighting to stop the vehicle, and the driver drove onto an auto parts store lot just south of 925S. As he approached the vehicle to speak with the driver, Trooper Maynor noticed a smell of what appeared to be burnt marijuana coming from within the Toyota. As Maynor returned to his police vehicle to run a driver’s license query, the male driver bolted from the vehicle and ran southeast toward a nearby car wash with Trooper Maynor in foot pursuit. As the suspect ran behind the car wash, he tossed a plastic bag containing syringes, scales, grinder, rolling papers and a spoon used for illegal drugs activity. Right after tossing the bag, the suspect was apprehended by Trooper Maynor and arriving Cloverdale Police Officers.

The suspect was identified as Philip M. Reed, age 38, of Cloverdale. Reed was transported to the Putnam County Jail on preliminary charges of habitual traffic violator, DUI-refusal, resisting law enforcement, possession of marijuana (prior), dealing marijuana, possession of a syringe, and possession of paraphernalia.

Assisting were ISP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Troopers Matt Ames and Yan Dravigne, Cloverdale Police Sergeant Bill Wallace, and the Putnam County Sheriff ’s Office.

Under the law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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