Arrest made after traffic stop for broken headlight

Gerald Rowe
Gerald Rowe

A broken light and an alleged attempt to swallow evidence led to the arrest of a man early Saturday morning in Bartholomew County.

Deputies report that they stopped a vehicle on Interstate 65 near the Edinburgh exit at about 1:45 a.m. Saturday for driving with only one headlight. As a deputy spoke to the driver she could smell marijuana.

Deputies say the driver, 25-year-old Gerald Rowe from Indianapolis, bent over to get his vehicle registration and a gun fell out of his jacket pocket. Rowe turned out to have a permit for a handgun, but a police dog allegedly smelled drugs in the vehicle.

Rowe told deputies that he had tried to swallow the marijuana but had to spit it out. He was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of marijuana and obstruction of justice.