KOSCIUSKO — A Bloomington man is facing local charges after police say he resisted law enforcement with his vehicle and attempted to discard a bag of marijuana.
Emmanuel Castillo, 25, 104 E. Kirkwood Ave., Apt. 211, Bloomington, is being charged with possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor; resisting law enforcement using a vehicle, a level 6 felony; and obstruction of justice, a level 6 felony.
On Oct. 20, an officer with the Claypool Police Department observed a vehicle with its motor running and lights off sitting on Hickory Street. While watching the vehicle, the officer observed the interior light turn on and off several times. The officer then activated his emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the vehicle’s headlights come and on and the vehicle sped off. The vehicle attempted to evade the officer, driving for approximately one half of a mile. While the vehicle was driving away, the officer observed a clear plastic bag thrown outside the vehicle’s window. The vehicle then pulled over and stopped for the officer.
The thrown bag was discovered and its contents tested positive for marijuana. The officer identified the driver of the vehicle as Castillo. While taking Castillo into custody, the officer reported smelling marijuana and noticing that Castillo’s eyes were red and watery. Castillo admitted to the officer that he had smoked marijuana earlier in the day.
Castillo was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail on Oct. 20, with a $5,250 surety and cash bond.