ELKHART -- Friday night an Indiana State Police trooper discovered more than he was expecting after stopping to help what he thought was a disabled motorist on the Indiana Toll Road, according to Sgt. Ted Bohner, public information officer for the Bremen Post.
Shortly before 11:30 p.m. Friday, Trooper Nikolos Anderson says he stopped to help what he thought was a disabled motorist that was sitting on the right shoulder of the Indiana Toll Road near the 89.8 mile marker of the westbound lanes.
As Anderson approached the black Ford Fusion he saw that the driver appeared to be sleeping, Bohner said in a news release.
Anderson says he then noticed a syringe cap in the center console and a syringe still stuck in the left forearm of the driver, Bohner said in a news release.
During a subsequent search of the vehicle, Anderson located 34 packets of suspected fentanyl, 26 syringes, 8 pills preliminarily identified as methadone, and 2 packets of suspected Suboxen.
The driver, Lance Leffler, 38, of Conway, Ark., was preliminarily arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Syringe and Possession of a Legend Drug.
Leffler was taken to the Elkhart County Jail.
Anderson was assisted by Deputy Justin Scott of the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office and Indiana State Trooper Matthew Henson.