Trooper arrests impaired New York man with child in the car

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(Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC)

A Middletown, New York man was arrested by an Indiana State Trooper for operating while intoxicated, drug charges, and child endangerment after being stopped for speeding on the Indiana Toll Road with a 4-year-old in the car.

Just before 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 22, the trooper stopped a silver 2020 Mitsubishi SUV for speeding near the 68-mile marker westbound.

When the trooper approached the Mitsubishi, he saw suspected marijuana in plain view and smelled the odor of burnt marijuana.

While talking with the driver, Anton Simmons, 37, of Middletown, New York, Henson also noted signs of possible impairment.

The trooper located a plastic bag containing suspected marijuana and a plastic bag of suspected cocaine inside a shoebox that was next to where the 4-year-old child had been sitting.

Paraphernalia, a marijuana cigarette, and open container of brandy were also located during a search of the Mitsubishi.

The Indiana Department of Child Services was called and took custody of the 4-year-old.

While with DCS staff the child reportedly pulled a bag of suspected marijuana from under her clothing and gave it to the staff reporting that it belonged to Simmons.

Simmons was transported to the St. Joseph County Jail and found to have a blood alcohol content of .09%.

Simmons was preliminarily arrested for operating while intoxicated, child endangerment, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, and received several citations.

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