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Too-slow driver faces felony charge

Sarah Matern, 52, of Valparaiso, was arrested on multiple charges after being stopped for reportedly impeding traffic - by driving under 10 miles per hour without hazard lights - at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 600 block of North Calumet Avenue, north of Valparaiso. Although Matern initially pulled over for a squad car, she rolled up her window and drove away when the officer walked up and asked her for her identification. When she pulled over to the side of the road a second time, Matern allegedly tried to stop the officer from putting her in handcuffs and also was belligerent with jail staff. Matern was arrested for with resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, a felony; and misdemeanor charges of obstructing traffic and disorderly conduct.

Nonsense explanation led to drugs

Melvin Earley, 53, of Valparaiso, was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance during a traffic stop at about 2 p.m. Wednesday in the 700 block of West County Road 300N, south of Wheeler. His explanation for why he was driving a vehicle without a license plate was elaborate and did not make sense, according to the police report, so the officer got his consent to search the vehicle and found two bottles of medication - a narcotic painkiller and a anti-anxiety drug - prescribed to a different person.



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