Ferdinand Forest encounter ends in arrest

From Local Sources


FERDINAND — Authorities accused a man of multiple offenses after an encounter Saturday night in the Ferdinand State Forest area.

A Department of Natural Resources conservation officer on patrol reported encountering a man slumped over the steering wheel of a 2014 Ford Focus that was stationary and running at 10:33 p.m. in a parking lot near a campground and fire tower area.

The officer who reported smelling the odor of marijuana from a cracked window said he initially had difficulty waking the man, eventually identified as Conner D. Bolte, 22, 8700 S. Club Road, Ferdinand.

Bolte was alleged to have initially refused to identify himself and to have been non-compliant.

Officers with the Ferdinand Police Department, Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police came to the scene to assist and an unlocking tool was ultimately used to gain entry into the vehicle.

While officers were attempting to place him in handcuffs, Bolte allegedly pushed away from an officer before being cuffed after a short struggle. Police alleged Bolte was loud, verbally abusive and communicated threats to a trooper and a deputy.

Police allege Bolte was found to be in possession of marijuana, methamphetamine and a controlled substance. He reportedly refused impairment-related testing and was transported to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center for a medical evaluation.

Authorities booked Bolte into the Dubois County Security Center at 12:21 a.m. Sunday on preliminary Level 6 felony counts of methamphetamine possession and intimidation, plus preliminary misdemeanor counts of operating while intoxicated (test refusal), possession of marijuana, refusal to identify, illegal possession of a controlled substance and resisting law enforcement.

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