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5/7/2018 - Batesville Man Charged with being a Habitual Traffic Violator
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Indiana State Police Master Trooper Robert Ewing was westbound on North Street when he observed Zachery Martin driving eastbound on North Street. He knew from previous encounters that Martin had a suspended license. According to court documents, Martin sped off in an attempt to evade Master Trooper Ewing. It was discovered that the license plate on Martin's vehicle was expired.
When the vehicle stopped, Master Trooper Ewing approached to make contact with Martin. According to official reports, the odor of burnt marijuana was coming out of the vehicle. Martin admitted that his license was suspended. Martin and a passenger exited the vehicle. Greensburg Police Department Officers Joe Radcliff and Brandon Meyer arrived to assist. A license check on Martin revealed that he was no longer just suspended, but had a current status as a habitual traffic offender.
Officer Meyer and Master Trooper Ewing searched Martin's vehicle. During the search, a small amount of marijuana was found on the floor. A pill, identified as Oxycodone Hydrochloride 30 mg (a Schedule 2 drug), was also found. Martin was then transported to the Decatur County Jail.
Zachery Martin, 21 of Batesville, faces allegations of operating a motor vehicle after a determination of being a habitual violator (a Level 6 felony), possession of a controlled substance (a Class A misdemeanor), and possession of marijuana (a Class B misdemeanor). He was charged in Superior Court on May 3rd.
Under the law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Tom Flemming-WTRE News
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