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KSP Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest

Date of News Release: 7/5/2017

Madisonville, KY (July 05, 2017) – A traffic stop conducted by Kentucky State Troopers has resulted in the arrest of a Madisonville couple.

At approximately 8:56 A.M., Troopers Jon McGehee and Stu Recke conducted a traffic stop for seat belt violations on a 1992 Ford Pickup Truck while patrolling the area of Meadowlark Lane in the city limits of Madisonville. The vehicle was being operated by Christopher J. Offutt, 34 of Madisonville. After conducting Field Sobriety Tests, Offutt was determined to be operating his vehicle under the influence and was arrested. The passenger, Lindsey N Daniels, 21 of Madisonville, was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine and other items used to ingest methamphetamine. Mrs. Daniels also attempted to conceal the contraband to avoid prosecution. Mr. Offutt was transported to Baptist Health Madisonville where he refused a blood test.

Both occupants were lodged at the Hopkins County Detention Center on the following charges:

Christopher J. Offutt:

  1. Failure to Wear Seat Belts
  2. Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence 1st Offense (Aggravating Circumstance)
  3. Failure to Register/Transfer Motor Vehicle

Lindsey N. Daniels:

  1. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  2. Tampering With Physical Evidence
  3. Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense Methamphetamine

Troopers McGehee and Recke were assisted by the Madisonville Police Department.

KSP has a toll-free number (1-800-222-5555) that citizens can call to confidentially report impaired drivers or criminal activity. They can also download the free KSP mobile phone app. The app provides quick, direct access to KSP including weather, road and traffic information as well as text, voice and photo tip capabilities to report criminal behavior. The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.