County man faces possession charge after traffic stop

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a local man for possession of heroin after a traffic stop on north U.S. 31.

Shane Medaris, 29, 3222 Washington St., was arrested at 3:06 p.m. Tuesday after Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department deputy Matt Bush saw Medaris’ white Honda change lanes without signaling on U.S. 31 North near Bear Lane, deputies said.

When the Honda reached Heflin Park Road, it again switched lanes without signaling and turned in at a Marathon station, where Bush stopped the vehicle, deputies said.

When Bush checked Medaris’ license, he learned that Medaris had a suspended license with a prior conviction, deputies said.

K-9 Diesel walked around Medaris’ vehicle and alerted to the presence of narcotics at the driver’s side door, deputies said.

During the traffic stop, Medaris had appeared to be drinking from a cup, but inside the cup Bush located a corner-cut baggie containing a brown powdery substance, deputies said. Medaris told deputies that it was about a gram of heroin.

Medaris was taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, and was later released on $12,500 bond, jail officials said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.