Published On: Mon, Jun 4th, 2012

Disregarding a Stop Sign Leads to Felony Drug Arrest

Police NewsConnersville, Indiana – Yesterday afternoon about 4:45 p.m. Trooper Scott McPheeters was driving through Connersville on Virginia Avenue when he saw a silver 1995 Ford car disregard a stop sign. As he caught up to the car he saw the driver also wasn’t wearing his seatbelt. seatbelts help reduce risk of injury in a crash by fifty percent. He stopped the car on Virginia Avenue just north of 20th street.

A BMV check was done on the driver, Michael E. French, age 28 of Connersville, and found that he was Operating While License Suspended with A Prior Conviction, Class “A” Misdemeanor. Further investigation revealed that French was in Possession of a Controlled Substance, (Class “D” Felony,) believed to be Lortab. French was lodged in the Fayette County Jail.

Disregarding a stop sign or signal is a top three cause of fatal crashes in Indiana. Here in the Pendleton District there has recently been two serious injury/fatal crashes as a result of vehicles disregarding a stop sign and occupants not wearing safety belts. Further statistics show that most fatal crashes occur in Indiana between 2p.m. and 10 p.m.

The Indiana State Police remain committed to reducing crashes in the state by monitoring the top causes for crashes and concentrating enforcement efforts on these causes. This traffic stop is also an example of how a “routine traffic stop” can often lead to the discovery of criminal activity.

Source: Indiana State Police

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