Man arrested on drug, firearm charges

A Dubois man was arrested Monday night on multiple charges involving methamphetamine, marijuana and a firearm.

Robert A. Rasche, 5414 E. Sycamore St., 36, Dubois, was charged with jacklighting, which is spotlighting a deer with a weapon in the vehicle, possession of a firearm by a domestic batterer, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

At 10:04 p.m. Monday, an Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement officer observed a northbound vehicle driving down a hill on County Road 175E entering the Patoka River bottoms. The vehicle slowed down twice to shine a light out of the window, illuminating a nearby field, police said.

The conservation officer observed the vehicle stop on the Patoka River bridge, noticed it had no license plate light and turned on the police car lights to make an official stop. The officer approached the driver and saw a shotgun in the front seat, police said. The officer had the driver, later identified as Rasche, step out of the vehicle.

The officer patted down Rasche and found a digital scale in his pocket. Upon searching the vehicle, the officer removed the shotgun, a bag that contained a green leafy substance that field tested positive as marijuana, two small torches and a leather belt that had shotgun shells, a flashlight and a small handgun case, police said.

Rasche told the officer that methamphetamine was in the vehicle. The officer then found two plastic metal containers that contained residue that field tested positive as methamphetamine, police said.

Rasche was booked at the Dubois County Security Center.

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