Troopers arrested a Georgetown man early Tuesday on numerous felony charges after first observing a simple equipment violation.
Trooper Zachary Lavey, and newly appointed Probationary Trooper Dakota Novak, were patrolling SR 135 in Harrison County around 2:30 Tuesday morning when the officers spotted a white Hyundai Sonata displaying green lights. Indiana law only allows for white or amber lights to be displayed to the front of a car. When the officers attempted to catch up with the Sonata, they realized the driver had greatly increased speed and was traveling approximately 100 mph as they continued south into Corydon. The driver, later identified as Damon Michael Arnold, 46, Georgetown, Indiana, eventually stopped in Corydon and pulled in to a local hotel parking lot.
As Lavey and Novak continued the stop and investigation, they discovered over 24 grams of suspected methamphetamine as well as marijuana and drug-related paraphernalia. Officers also found Arnold was a Habitual Traffic Violator (HTV) with only an Indiana ID card. Damon Arnold was arrested and charged with the following:
- Dealing in Methamphetamine – Level 2 Felony
- Possession of Methamphetamine – Level 4 Felony
- Habitual Traffic Violator – Level 6 Felony
- Possession of Marijuana – Class B Misdemeanor
- Possession of Paraphernalia – Class C Misdemeanor
- Reckless Driving – Class C Misdemeanor
Arnold was also wanted on a Level 6 Felony warrant out of Floyd County for HTV. Officers transported Damon Arnold to the Harrison County Jail without further incident.