Miami County, IN – A report of a wrong-way driver on US Route 31 near the Miami County/Fulton County Line resulted in the arrest of an Indianapolis man on charges of Operating While Intoxicated-Refusal, Reckless Driving, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Synthetic Drug Lookalike and Possession of Paraphernalia on December 18, 2018.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Miami County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Chet Sites, Unites were dispatched to the Miami County/Fulton County line at approximately 2:40 a.m. on December 18, 2018. Miami County Central Dispatch had reported a wrong-way driver traveling at a high rate of speed, southbound in the northbound lane.
While in search of the suspect vehicle, Deputy Sites was rounding a curve just south of County Road 550 N., on US Route 31 when an oncoming vehicle nearly struck his vehicle and forced him off the roadway and down into the median to avoid the collision. Deputy Sites then pursued the vehicle, a 2000 maroon Toyota in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop.
Several hundred yards down the roadway the vehicle finally yielded to the Deputy’s emergency lights and came to a stop halfway into the median, still facing southbound in the northbound lane. Deputy Sites asked the driver to pull down into the median for safety as the vehicle was stopped in the middle of the curve just south of County Road 550 N. and was still partially in the roadway. The driver questioned Deputy Sites several times as to why he wanted the vehicle moved, but eventually complied.
The driver was then identified as Arland J. McIIrath, 21 of Indianapolis. While talking with Mr. McIIrath, Deputy Sites detected an extremely strong odor of some type of cologne omitting from the vehicle. McIIrath also appeared to be very slow in his speech and somewhat argumentative with the Deputy.
According to the report, “After telling Mr. McIIrath several times that he was traveling the wrong way in the northbound lanes of US 31, I was led to believe he finally understood what he was doing wrong and he seemed very surprised in his prior actions.”
McIIrath was requested to submit to a probable breath test. He provided a sample of 0.11% breath alcohol content.
McIIrath was then asked to step out of the vehicle. According to the report he seemed “agitated as he stepped from the vehicle” but did comply with the request. He was then asked to submit to field sobriety tests. McIIrath asked what the readings of the portable breath test were, and Deputy Sites advised he would discuss that when all the tests were complete. At this point, McIIrath advised he wouldn’t take any more tests.
McIIrath was then placed into custody for Operating While Intoxicated-Refusal and placed in Deputy Sites Sheriff’s Department Vehicle.
Trooper Abigail Russell of the Indiana State Police had arrived to assist with the stop. She stayed behind with the vehicle to inventory the property and await the tow company while Deputy Sites transported Mr. McIIrath to the Miami County Jail.
While Booking McIIrath in, Trooper Russell reported that during the inventory for towing, she found what she believed to be a substantial amount of methamphetamine. Due to locating the methamphetamine, the vehicle was then moved to the Miami County Sheriff’s Department sally port where the inventory was continued.
During that inventory, a set of black digital scales were located in the center console. While opening these scales, a small piece of foil with two multicolored tabs appearing to be a synthetic drug, possibly LSD or some type of acid material was located wrapped in the foil.
A large brown rock approximately one inch in size and weighing 10.7 grams was found in a clear baggie. This substance was field tested and tested positive for methamphetamine.
After these items were discovered, Deputy Sites read Mr. McIIrath his rights and attempted to talk with him regarding the drugs and paraphernalia found in the car. McIIrath refused to discuss the items and requested an attorney. No further question was done upon this request.
Arlan J. Mcilrath, 21, of Indianapolis, IN was arrested on charges of Operating While Intoxicated-Refusal, Reckless driving, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Possession of Synthetic lookalike.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.