Corbin Police Capt. Coy Wilson did the driving and his K-9 Luka did the sniffing that led to the arrest of two Corbin residents on multiple drug-related charges Tuesday morning.
Twenty-eight-year-old Edward Clark and 24-year-old Martha House were each arrested following the traffic stop on Interstate 75 near the 26-mile marker.
Wilson stated in the arrest citation that he attempted to stop 2004 Dodge Stratus that Clark was driving after seeing it pull through the parking lot of the Landmark Inn about 2:40 a.m. and noticed it had a broken taillight.
Wilson stated that when he turned around to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, Clark sped up and ran a stop sign as he attempted to flee.
The pursuit continued out onto Falls Highway and north onto I-75.
Clark pulled over and that is when Luka went to work.
“This officer conducted a K-9 search on the vehicle. K-9 Luka alerted on the vehicle,” Wilson stated in the arrest citation.
Wilson confirmed with his eyes what Luka had said with his nose, finding two small baggies in the floor on the driver’s side containing what he said was methamphetamine.
In addition, Wilson reported finding a plastic container with small baggies filled with a substance that appeared to be methamphetamine along with a digital scale.
When Wilson asked Clark about the drugs, he replied that they were fakes and asked Wilson to test them.
Corbin Police Major Rob Jones, the department’s public affairs officer, said the substance was tested and determined not to be actual methamphetamine
Wilson reported finding assorted drug paraphernalia including a bag of syringes and a snort straw.
Clark and House were each charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, trafficking in synthetic drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
In addition, Clark was charged with improper equipment, first-degree fleeing or evading police – motor vehicle, no insurance and reckless driving.
Clark and House were both lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center. Bond for each has been set at $25,000 cash.