Illinois man arrested after nearly crashing into deputy

Daniel Malnar; Photo courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Dept.

An Illinois man is behind bars after nearly crashing into a local deputy.

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department says that on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at about 3 p.m., off-duty Deputy Brandon Sellers was traveling southbound on I-65, near the 76-mile-marker, when a vehicle came into his lane and just missed hitting his patrol car. Sellers initiated a traffic stop at the southbound rest park on southbound I-65.

While speaking with the driver, 37-year-old Daniel Malnar, of St. Charles, IL, Deputy Matt Bush arrived on the scene with his police dog Diesel. The K-9 alerted to narcotics inside Malnar’s vehicle. A search allegedly uncovered syringes, a spoon and several pills.

Malnar was arrested on a preliminary charge of Possession of Legend Drug Injection Device.

He remains in the Bartholomew County Jail on $57,500 bond.