Traffic Stop Leads to DUI and Handgun With no Permit

Vigo County – February 9, 2020, at approximately 2:10 a.m., Trooper William Clark was patrolling near Wabash Avenue and 9th street, when he stopped a passenger car for exceeding the posted speed limit.  The driver was identified as Aaron D McDaniel, age 26, of Terre Haute, IN.  Suspicious activity was detected and a search of the vehicle was conducted.  Trooper Clark located marijuana and a handgun that was in McDaniel’s possession. During a records check, it was discovered that McDaniel did not possess a valid handgun license. Further investigation by Trooper Clark also revealed that McDaniel displayed signs of impairment.  McDaniel refused to submit to any standard field sobriety test and also to a certified chemical test.  McDaniel was arrested and taken into custody and transported to the Vigo County Jail where he is currently being held without bond.

Arrested and Charges:  Aaron D. McDaniel, 26, Terre Haute

  • Operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person (refusal), Class A Misdemeanor
  • Operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II substance (refusal), Class C Misdemeanor
  • Possession of marijuana (with prior conviction), Class 6 Felony
  • Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Class 6 Felony
  • Carrying a handgun without a license, Class A Misdemeanor

Assisting:  Putnamville State Troopers Brad Fyfe, Daniel VanDuyn and Athan Lamson.

All criminal defendants are presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Photo:  Aaron D. McDaniel, items seized

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