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June 16, 2014

Washington County man arrested in Clark County on drug charges

Car ended up at the Interstate 65 rest area

CLARK COUNTY — After a Salem man wrecked his vehicle early Saturday afternoon, he was arrested by Indiana State Police on a series of preliminary drug-related charges

The agency reports Derek Wheeler, 25, was taken into custody after a concerned motorist traveling along Interstate 65 behind Wheeler called authorities.

Wheeler “allegedly ran off the roadway [near the Clark-Scott county line], crashed in the cable barrier and then returned to the roadway at the southbound rest [area],” according to ISP.

A responding officer located Wheeler and the damaged 1995 Toyota Camry at the park. After talking with the trooper, Wheeler was taken to the Clark County jail.

Wheeler was preliminarily charged with possession of heroin, a class D felony; possession of a syringe, a class D felony; maintaining a common nuisance, a class D Felony; possession of paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor; and operating while intoxicated with endangerment, class A misdemeanor.

Wheeler remained jailed Monday afternoon on a $5,000 court-cash bond.

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