Police arrest vehicle passenger with K-9’s assist

From Local Sources

JASPER — A vehicle passenger ended up in jail after a Friday night traffic stop.


A Jasper Police Department officer conducted a traffic stop at 10:45 p.m. at Truman Road and Carroll Street after observing a vehicle with a taillight out eastbound on Sixth Street. The officer said the driver failed to signal intention to turn southbound on Truman Road and drove across the centerline.

A Dubois County Sheriff’s Department K-9 and his handler came to the scene and police said an open-air sniff resulted in a positive indication for illegal narcotics.

The K-9 alerted by the rear driver’s seat side door, police said. After a search, police located two hypodermic syringes inside a bag in the back seat.

Police allege the bag and syringes belonged to Colt D. Eckert, 23, 1449 Dewey St., Jasper.

Authorities booked Eckert into the Dubois County Security Center at 2:07 a.m. Saturday on a preliminary Level 6 felony count of unlawful possession of a hypodermic syringe. He posted bond later in the morning.

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