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Traffic stop ends in arrests


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Two people were arrested after syringes and methamphetamine were discovered during a Monday night traffic stop, police said.

Joshua L. Caudill, 40, 649 S. Vine St., Seymour, was arrested for parole violations and false informing after his vehicle was pulled over near downtown Columbus, according to police spokesman Sgt. Matt Harris.

His passenger, identified as Peggy D. Cook, 34, 2071 Ohio St., Columbus, was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine, illegal possession of a syringe and possession of drug paraphernalia, a police news release stated.

At about 11 p.m. Monday, Caudill gave Patrolman Marc Hutcheson a false name after his vehicle was pulled over on Second Street for faulty taillights, Harris said.

But further investigation revealed the driver was Caudill, who was on parole after receiving an eight-year prison sentence in Jackson County in December 2010 for dealing in methamphetamine, court records show.

A computer check also indicated Caudill was being sought in Jackson County on a warrant for driving while suspended with a previous conviction, as well as leaving the scene of an accident, in connection with an incident in March, court records state.

Caudill is scheduled to stand trial for those charges before Jackson Superior Court 1 Judge Bruce Markel III on Sept. 25.

Harris said since Caudill lied about his identity, Hutcheson had probable cause to call K-9 officer Branch Schrader and his police dog, Argo, to the traffic stop.

The canine indicated illegal narcotics were in the vehicle, which prompted a search, Harris said.

Officers found nine syringes in a purse, one of which had a red substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine, Harris said.

After being taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, Caudill was ordered held without bond. As of Tuesday, Cook was still in custody in lieu of $70,000 surety or $7,000 cash bond, according to a jail spokesman.

Formal charges in connection with Monday’s incident, if any, will be determined by the office of Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash.

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