Cigarette drop leads to driver’s drug arrest

A driver who allegedly flipped a cigarette out the window right in front of a Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputy early Saturday morning on Interstate 65 was arrested on drug charges.

Judy Jackson, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department, said Deputy Matt Bush was patrolling on Interstate 65 near the Columbus exit at about 3 a.m. Saturday, when he noticed that the car in front of him didn’t have a working license plate light and the driver threw a lit cigarette out the window. After stopping the vehicle, Bush reported that he smelled a strong scent of marijuana inside the car.

A search of the driver, 20-year-old Douglas Skaryd of Bannister, Mich., revealed 370 grams of marijuana, a scale and plastic baggies. He was arrested on a preliminary charge of dealing marijuana.