Terre Haute man stopped for 107 mph on I-70 arrested on weapons charges

Monday, September 18, 2017

BRAZIL -- Clocked at 107 mph in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70, a 26-year-old Vigo County man was arrested on four charges in a Monday morning traffic stop, Indiana State Police at Putnamville reported.

Seized guns, ammo and partial marijuana cigarette confiscated in Monday's 107-mph traffic stop displayed. State Police photo

At about 10:30 a.m., Indiana State Police Trooper James Tret spotted a gold 2004 Kia sedan, driven by Raymone L. Melton of Terre Haute, reportedly traveling in excess of 100 mph near the 21-mile marker of the interstate, 20 miles west of the Cloverdale exit.

Senior Trooper Bill Bradbury was patrolling near the 23-mile marker when the vehicle suddenly approached from his rear. The trooper succeeded in stopping the vehicle, and during conversation with the driver, Bradbury reportedly noticed the smell of what appeared to be marijuana.

Less than one gram of suspected marijuana was found.

A further search of the Kia yielded a loaded .45 caliber semi-auto handgun near the driver's seat and a loaded .32 caliber revolver in a duffel bag near the rear seat area, State Police reported.

Melton was immediately taken into custody and reportedly became somewhat uncooperative. During his transport to the Clay County Jail, the handcuffed suspect reportedly attempted several times to remove his seatbelt and unlock the door of Bradbury's police commission, authorities said.

Melton was preliminarily charged with possession of handgun by a serious violent felon, possession of a handgun without a license, resisting law enforcement, and possession of marijuana.

Assisting Senior Trooper Bradbury in the investigation were Trooper Tret, Master Trooper Don Farris, Trooper Ryan Winters, Clay County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit and the Clay County Prosecutor's Office.

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