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CLARKSVILLE — A Clarksville Police Department officer was stuck by a needle containing methamphetamine during a traffic stop turned drug bust Tuesday night.

According to the police report, an officer attempted to pull over Robert Gayhart, 47, New Albany, around 9 p.m. when the officer clocked him going 10 mph over the speed limit.

“The driver refused to stop and continued at the same speed,” the report reads.5633bd0933329_image

The officer reported seeing Gayhart, the driver, and the passenger “making furtive movement not consistent with the innocent motoring public.” The passenger was later identified as 32-year-old Ashley Bracey, Jeffersonville. After about half of a mile, Gayhart’s car came to a stop. A second Clarksville officer arrived to assist.

Gayhart was put in handcuffs before police searched the vehicle. Officers asked Gayhart and the passenger if there were any objects in the vehicle that would “poke, stab, or cut” the officers. They told police they were unaware of any such objects, according to the report.56326a0baf358_image

The first officer located paraphernalia and a syringe “containing a red liquid.” Meanwhile, the second officer searched the back seat.

“While searching, he was poked with a loaded uncapped syringe also containing red liquid, which did break the skin” the report reads. The liquid, which the second officer described as appearing to be blood, later field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Gayhart told police the items belonged to him but then refused to answer any other questions without a lawyer present. He later said the syringes belonged to Bracey. Police observed “fresh track marks” on Bracey’s arm, according to the report.

Gayhart and Bracey were arrested and booked into the Clark County jail. They are each preliminarily charged with two felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a syringe, along with one misdemeanor count for possession of paraphernalia.

Gayhart is also preliminarily charged with resisting law enforcement and Bracey is preliminarily charged with battery by bodily waste on a public official. Gayhart’s bond is set at $5,000 cash-only and Bracey’s bond is $10,000 cash-only.

The officer stuck with the syringe was taken to Clark Memorial Hospital for preventive treatment. When an officer asked Bracey to submit to a blood test given the circumstances, she reportedly declined and said, “That’s your all’s problem.”





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