Driver accused of giving false name arrested on multiple charges

A driver stopped for speeding on U.S. 31 was accused of giving a false name and later arrested on drug-related charges.

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Lt. Greg Duke was using radar to check speeds of vehicles on U.S. 31 north of County Road 500N at 10 p.m. Wednesday when he determined two vehicles in the southbound lane were speeding. Duke stopped both vehicles just north of the Lowell Addition area, deputies said.

As Duke approached the first vehicle, he asked the other driver to wait. The driver of the first vehicle told Duke he did not have his driver’s license with him but gave Duke his name, deputies said.

When checking his driving status, Duke learned that Cody Manvilla often used his brother’s name and confirmed that Cody Manvilla had a suspended driver’s license, deputies said. Duke and Deputy Jarod Aspenson determined the driver was Cody Manvilla, 26, 9245 Friendship Drive, Taylorsville, deputies said.

When Manvilla got out of the vehicle, Deputy Adam Warner saw a small clear plastic bag with a white substance inside the driver’s side door pocket, deputies said. Deputies also found a small amount of marijuana.

Manvilla was arrested on charges of false informing, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine and driving while suspended with a prior conviction, deputies said.

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