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Traffic Safety Checkpoint Leads to DUI/Drug Arrests

Date of News Release: 04/18/2014

Earlington, KY (Hopkins County) - The Kentucky State Police arrested two Hopkins County residents for drug-related offenses at a traffic safety checkpoint.

On Thursday, April 17, 2014, at approximately 9:17 p.m., KSP Troopers Joseph Bartolotti, Cody Kromer, and Jonathan Murphy were conducting a traffic safety checkpoint on KY 2171 in an effort to locate and remove impaired drivers from the road.

Shortly after beginning the checkpoint, a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado was observed driving carelessly while it approached the checkpoint. Upon making contact with the driver, Stephanie Mclain, Trooper Bartolotti determined that she was operating the vehicle under the influence of drugs. She was then arrested. Upon searching the vehicle, troopers located suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, cash, and counterfeit money. The passenger/owner of the vehicle, Nathan Nance, was also arrested. Mr. Nance's four-year-old son was also in the vehicle. The child was released to a family member.

Trooper Joseph Bartolotti charged the following individuals:

Stephanie J. Mclain, 39, of St. Charles, KY

  1. DUI 2nd Offense (Aggravating Circumstances)
  2. Trafficking Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense > 2 grams - Meth
  3. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  4. Wanton Endangerment 2nd Degree
  5. License To Be In Possession
  6. Careless Driving
  7. Criminal Possession of Forged Instrument 2nd Degree
  8. Execution of Warrant for Other Agency

Nathan A. Nance, 36, of Madisonville, KY

  1. Trafficking Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense > 2 grams - Meth
  2. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  3. Endangering the Welfare of a Minor
  4. Criminal Possession of Forged Instrument 2nd Degree

Both individuals were lodged in the Hopkins County Jail.

To anonymously report any type of suspected illegal drug activity, citizens can call the KSP toll-free drug tip hotline, 1-800-DOPE-TIP. The hotline is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.