2 arrested after impaired driver report

From Local Sources


JASPER — Two individuals were placed under arrest after a report Sunday night of a passenger car all over the roadway north of Jasper.

A Dubois County Sheriff’s Office deputy responding to the 8 p.m. report stopped a car driven by Dereck Harris, 30, Wichita, Kansas, at U.S. 231 and Baden Strasse after observing the vehicle run off the road and go left of center.

The deputy reported Harris showed signs of impairment and failed field sobriety testing but refused certified testing. Police sought and received a search warrant for blood and urine testing, which took place at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. The testing returned presumptive positives for the presence of methamphetamine, amphetamine and ecstasy in Harris’ system.

A back seat passenger, Thomas W. Toner, 24, Wichita, Kansas, was found to be wanted on an active out-of-state warrant. While being detained, Toner was found in possession of a green glass smoking device.

Police obtained a search warrant for the vehicle and allegedly found multiple syringes, additional drug paraphernalia and a white crystalline substance that field tested positive as methamphetamine.

Authorities booked Harris and Toner into the Dubois County Security Center on preliminary charges that included Level 6 felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of syringes, plus misdemeanor counts of possession of paraphernalia. Harris was additionally charged with a preliminary misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated (test refusal).

The Jasper Police Department and a Uebelhor & Sons wrecker assisted.

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