CARROLL COUNTY – Talk about taking one’s fireworks show on the road.
Two Tippecanoe County residents were arrested Tuesday after a Carroll County sheriff’s deputy reportedly saw fireworks being thrown from a moving vehicle along the Hoosier Heartland Highway.
According to Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby, a deputy patrolling the highway in northeastern Carroll County between Burrows and Rockfield noticed a slow-moving SUV traveling northbound along the shoulder of the highway with its flashers on.
Leazenby said the deputy then saw what appeared to be a smoking item being thrown from the vehicle, followed by a large explosion on the highway that sent firework remnants hurtling across the northbound lanes. Even though there were other vehicles on the highway, no injuries or damage were reported, Leazenby said.
Upon seeing the explosion, the deputy turned around and caught up to the SUV. Leazenby said the deputy observed the driver appearing to reach for something under the front seat, forcing him to draw his weapon and ordering the driver out of the SUV.
Leazenby added that the driver complied but appeared to the deputy to have difficulty keeping his balance and was “unsteady on his feet.”
The driver, Isaac Dodds, 33, and passenger Kelley Cook, 46, both of Lafayette, were taken into custody and lodged at the Carroll County Jail. Dodds was charged with OWI endangering and controlled substance possession, while Cook was charged with possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia.
Both Dodds and Cook posted bond Wednesday and released from jail. They are awaiting their initial court dates in Carroll Superior Court.
Leazenby said additional charges are pending through the Carroll County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.