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Sunday, July 28, 2019 1:00 am

Oklahoma couple face drug charges after speeding stop

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An Oklahoma couple were jailed in Huntington County on Friday night after a traffic stop on Interstate 69 led to drug and impaired-driving charges, Indiana State Police said Saturday.

State police at Fort Wayne said Trooper Anthony Repass was patrolling near the 284-mile marker in Huntington County about 6:30 p.m., south of the Markle exit, when he saw an SUV with Oklahoma license plates traveling at 96 mph.

Repass stopped the vehicle and the driver said she was driving from Oklahoma to Ohio for a family funeral. Repass recognized speech patterns and physical behaviors of a possibly impaired driver, and saw the driver trying to conceal items commonly associated with methamphetamine users, state police said.

The driver told Repass she had been smoking meth through the course of the trip to help her stay awake while driving, police said. She produced the meth pipe she had been using, which was concealed in her bra.

A search of the vehicle revealed what police said were numerous items of contraband, including drugs and drug paraphernalia.

The driver, Megan McCauley, 40, of Dewey, Oklahoma, was charged with maintaining a common nuisance, possession of a syringe, operating while intoxicated with a controlled substance with a minor in the vehicle, neglect of a dependent, two misdemeanors and a speeding infraction.

Her husband, Matthew McCauley, 46, of Dewey, was also charged with possession of cocaine and two misdemeanors.

A 20-year-old in the vehicle was unimpaired and was released from the scene with her 6-year-old brother to continue the trip to Ohio, police said.