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550076112fd3d_imageTwo Anderson County residents are in jail after a routine traffic stop resulted in the ingestion of a baggie of crystal meth, and an attempted arrest evasion.

An SUV, driven by Vaughn Grasty, 35, of Palestine and Mary Koch, 58, of Elkhart were stopped at 2:29 a.m. Tuesday by Dep. Dale Linebaugh of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office. Linebaugh stopped the tan SUV due to defective equipment.

Sheriff Greg Taylor said as Linebaugh made the stop, and both Grasty, the driver, and Koch could not produce any ID. Linebaugh requested to search the vehicle and while Koch was exiting, the deputy saw a plastic baggie that appeared to contain crystal meth.

According to Taylor, there had been more baggies filled with the substance, but Koch ingested it to discard the evidence. A field test showed a positive for the substance as methamphetamine.

While Koch was taken into custody for possession of a controlled substance, Linebaugh and Dep. Shaun Jackson arrestedVaughn for a suspended or invalid drivers license.

Vaughn began to flee from the deputies before being taken down by Jackson on foot. He was restrained and arrested on the charges of evading arrest or detention and driving with an invalid or suspended license.5500762d954bd_image

Taylor said that it is believed that Vaughn swallowed some of the substance as well, but that there was no physical evidence.

Koch was taken by the Palestine Regional Medical Center to be checked for health concerns before going to jail under the charges of possession of a controlled substance and tampering or fabricating physical evidence.

“We’re starting 2015 with a bang,” Taylor said. “We’ve made several drug arrests already, and I think we’ll do more than we did last year.”












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