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On December 18, 2019, at approximately 7:30 p.m., Trooper Andrew Mattern was patrolling in the area of Poplar and 25th Street, when he stopped a 2005 Ford for exceeding the posted speed limit of 46 mph in a 30 mph zone. 

The driver was identified as Manuel D. Akers, age 56, of Terre Haute, IN.  Suspicious activity was detected and a search of the vehicle was conducted. 

Trooper Mattern located 2.3 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Further investigation by Trooper Mattern also revealed that Akers displayed signs of impairment.  Akers agreed to submit to a certified test and failed. 

Akers was arrested and taken to the Vigo County Jail where he is currently being held without bond.    

Arrested and Charges:  Manuel Akers, 56, Terre Haute

  • Possession of Methamphetamine, Felony 6 
  • Possession of Paraphernalia, Class C Misdemeanor
  • Operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person, Class C Misdemeanor
  • Operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance, Class A Misdemeanor

Assisting:  Senior Trooper David Petrowski of the Putnamville State Police Post. 

All criminal defendants are to presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.