Tailgating stop brings alcohol, drug charges

From Local Sources

HUNTINGBURG — The Huntingburg Police Department took a Spencer County man into custody Monday night after a tailgating-induced traffic stop.

An officer patrolling southbound on Main Street at 8:04 p.m. observed the vehicle behind him traveling extremely close to his vehicle. The car was close enough that the officer could not see its taillights.

The officer pulled over to get behind the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu and conducted a traffic stop at Second Avenue and Main Street.

Upon making contact with the driver, Everitt L. Jones, 21, 574 Kasper Drive, Santa Claus, the officer reported detecting the odor of marijuana.

Police report finding Jones in possession of a grinder, a carved ceramic smoking device containing burnt marijuana and an additional 1.91 grams of marijuana. There was also an open beer in the car, police said.

Jones’ blood alcohol content later tested .109% in a certified test at the Huntingburg Police Station.

Authorities booked Jones into the Dubois County Security Center at 10:05 p.m. on preliminary misdemeanor counts of operating while intoxicated, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. He was given a date to appear in court and released this morning on his own recognizance.

Police also ticketed Jones for an open container violation and for following too closely.

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