Traffic stop for no headlight leads to meth arrest

A traffic stop for a not having a headlight resulted in a drug-related arrest in Nashville on March 4.

Indiana State Police Trooper Matthew Hatchett stopped a Chevrolet truck near State Road 46 East and Salt Creek Road at 12:42 a.m.

The driver told Hatchett she and her passengers had placed a flashlight in the headlight housing to fix the issue, but Hatchett reported he was not able to see the flashlight when the vehicle passed him, his report said.

Hatchett noted multiple issues with the truck, including no tread left on the tires, and told the driver that she needed to get them fixed for safety reasons.

A passenger, Maylene McClelland, 44, of Ashley, said they were coming from her uncle’s house in Morgantown. The driver consented to a search of the truck.

Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Colton Magner reported finding a plastic bag with a syringe, two small baggies containing white power believed to be methamphetamine and a clear tube containing drug residue inside a pink polka-dotted bag.

That bag was found on top of a black duffel bag that McClelland said was hers. Inside the duffel bag, Magner reported finding a glass instrument that he believed was used to introduce illegal substances into the body.

The driver and male passenger told police the items belonged to McClelland. They were released.

McClelland was taken to the Brown County jail. She was charged March 5 with possession of methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony; unlawful possession of a syringe, a Level 6 felony; and possession of paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor.