Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrests in French Lick

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrests in French Lick


A driver and passenger were both arrested and booked into the Orange County Jail after a traffic stop in French Lick. 

Arrested and charged were:

Conner DeHart 

  • OWI Controlled Substance
  • Possession of a Narcotic Drug (Heroin)
  • Possession of Paraphernalia
  • Possession of a Syringe.

Curt Brinkman 

  • Possession of a Narcotic Drug (Heroin)
  • Possession of a Syringe
  • Possession of Paraphernalia.

On October 26th, 2020 Sergeant Mike Allen was traveling south on Highway 145 near Airport Road in French Lick.

A northbound vehicle drifted into Allen’s lane forcing him onto the shoulder, almost colliding with him head-on. 

Sergeant Allen then initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle for driving left of center. Trooper Clay Ford then arrived to assist.

During the traffic stop, the driver of the vehicle showed signs of impairment. Sergeant Allen then performed a Drug Recognition Evaluation on the driver, Conner DeHart, 25.

DeHart was found to be under the influence of an illegal substance. DeHart was arrested for OWI with a controlled substance.

Sergeant Allen and Trooper Ford then conducted a search of the vehicle.

During the search of the vehicle 30 needles, several items of paraphernalia, heroin, and counterfeit $100.00 bills were found.

Curt Brinkman, 42, was a passenger in the vehicle and was also placed under arrest. 

The counterfeit money will be submitted to and reviewed by the prosecutor.