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2 face drug-related charges after traffic stop

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Submitted photo / Dylan D. Lark
Submitted photo / Dylan D. Lark

Submitted photo / Devon Lark
Submitted photo / Devon Lark

NORTH VERNON — Two Jennings County men were arrested on drug-related charges following a Wednesday traffic stop.

Jennings County Sheriff’s Maj. Jerry Shepherd said Devin C. Lark, 19, 53 Noon Drive, North Vernon, was seen disregarding a stop sign south of Queensville on Wednesday afternoon while turning from Jennings County Road 300N onto State Road 7.

After Deputy Mike Mowery pulled over Lark, he found about one-fourth of a pound of marijuana and several prescription pain pills inside the vehicle, Shepherd said. The marijuana had been separated into smaller bags, he added.

Lark and his passenger, Dylan D. Lark, 21, also of 53 Noon Drive, North Vernon, were placed under arrest and taken to Jennings County Jail late Wednesday afternoon.

Devin Lark was arrested on charges of dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana, violation of the Legend Drug Act and visiting a common nuisance. Visiting a common nuisance is a misdemeanor, but the other three arrest charges are Class D felonies.

Because Devin Lark was already out of jail on bond after an October 2012 arrest for drug-related charges, Jennings County Prosecutor Alan Marshall is expected to ask that he remain in jail without bond, Shepherd said.

Dylan Lark, 21, was arrested on a single charge of possession of marijuana. He was released on $1,055 bond.

Marshall will determine what, if any, drug charges will be filed against the men in Jennings County.

Police, meanwhile, are awaiting toxicology reports from a single-vehicle crash also involving Devin Lark three days earlier that caused serious injuries to a 13-year-old North Vernon girl.

The Decatur County Sheriff’s Department is investigating whether Lark broke any laws when he was involved in a crash at about 5:42 p.m. Sunday on State Road 3, just south of the Rush-Decatur County line.

Lark lost control of his 2002 Jeep Liberty while trying to pass another vehicle near Sandusky, according to a Decatur County accident report. Speed and road conditions were factors, it said.

Lark’s vehicle slid sideways into the ditch on the east side of the roadway.

The vehicle struck a utility pole on the left rear passenger’s door, where the 13-year-old girl was seated, the report said.

After being freed from the wreckage, the unconscious girl was flown from the scene by LifeLine helicopter to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. Both Lark and another female passenger, 14, also from the North Vernon area, suffered only minor injuries, the report said.

Toxicology results for Devin Lark could take three to four weeks to complete, according to Decatur County Sheriff Gregory D. Allen. He added that a relative of the 13-year-old crash victim notified him Thursday morning that the girl’s condition has stabilized, and that doctors expect her to survive.

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