Two Loogootee men were arrested after police conducted a traffic stop and found meth and marijuana.

On Thursday at 8:40 p.m. a Loogootee Police Officer conducted a traffic stop on a gray Pontiac being driven by Kyle Kelly near the intersection of Broadway Street and Industrial Avenue.


The officer then requested a Martin County deputy and his K9 Virka to the scene, who gave officers a positive indication that there were narcotics in the vehicle near the driver’s door.

A short time late, Eric King advised police he was in possession of meth and marijuana.

King also told police he had two knives and one was inside his overalls near his chest.

King then presented the officers a bag that contained meth. When one of the officer began to search King for any other drugs and weapons, King reached inside his bib overalls towards the location he told Baker he possessed the knife, the officer told King to leave his hands on the hood. At this time, several more bags of suspected meth fell out of King’s pant leg.

The officer then told King that he was under arrest and started to place him in handcuffs. That is when King began backing away from the officer jerking his arm away from the officer.

The officer told King to stop resisting or he would be tased. King told the officer he wouldn’t resist and placed both hands on the hood of the vehicle.

Again the officer attempted to place King in handcuffs and King forcefully jerked away from the officer and grabbed the bags of meth as he fled.

Both officers yelled for King to stop running and after he refused the officer deployed his Taser, incapacitating King.

As the officer once again tried to handcuff King he resisted and grabbed at his chest where he pulled out the knife with his left hand.

Officers were finally able to contain King and called for an ambulance. King was treated for injuries he suffered after being tased.

While emergency crews attempted to treat King, he kicked at them and attempted several times to get up and was combative with them. He also spit blood at both police and emergency crews.

Police recovered a total of six bags of meth weighing 9 grams, hypodermic needles, drug paraphernalia and marijuana, two knives and a handcuff key.

Eric Kings is currently being held in the Martin County Security Center without bond on charges of possession and dealing meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, resisting law enforcement, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, visiting a common nuisance and battery by bodily waste on a public safety official.

Kyle Kelly is currently being held in the Martin County Security Center without bond on charges of possession of meth, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.