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Driver arrested on charges of gun possession, meth dealing

Around 10:30 p.m. Friday, K-9 Trooper Thomas Ratliff of the Indiana State Police responded to a report of reckless driving involving a silver Ford Mustang in the 2000 block of Grand Ave., New Castle.

The car was reportedly doing “burnouts” in a parking lot and had a loud exhaust.

As Ratliff drove on Grand, he spotted the car coming out of the parking lot at 2326 Grand Ave. with its headlights out, according to an ISP press release.

Ratliff stopped the car and began speaking with the driver, Dakota Haddock, 24, New Castle, who seemed unusually nervous, the release states.

New Castle Assistant Police Chief Wardlow was nearby and came to assist Ratliff as he deployed his K-9 partner, Tora, to do an “open air sniff” of the car.

After Tora reportedly indicated the presence of narcotics in the car, the officers did a search of the vehicle and found a 9mm handgun, baggies containing approximately seven grams of methamphetamine, marijuana wax, scales, smoking pipes and other paraphernalia, the report states.

Ratliff arrested Haddock and lodged him in the Henry County Jail on preliminary charges of Level 2 felony dealing methamphetamine over 5 grams while possessing a gun, and misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Anyone with information about illegal drug activity may call the Indiana State Police Drug Tip Line at 1-800-453-4756, or the Pendleton Post at 765-778-2121.

Tips can be made and kept anonymous.

– Information provided