Daniel Lee Hooks
A Spurger man was arrested on drug charges after Hardin County officers spotted the man allegedly tossing an object out of his vehicle.
Daniel Lee Hooks, 23, of Spurger, was arrested and charged with manuafacture or delivery of a controlled substance penalty group 1, a first degree felony; evading arrest or detention, a third degree felony; and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.
On Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 5:15 p.m., Sgt. Mark Vincent of the Hardin County Sheriff’s office Narcotics Division, attempted to perform a routine traffic stop when the person driving the vehicle fled from him. The suspect traveled down Bean Rd. before turning south on Old Spurger Hwy. when Vincent observed the driver of the vehicle throwing an object out of the vehicle, according to the report.
The report says Vincent stopped the vehicle on Old Spurger Hwy. where the driver was detained and identified as Hooks.
Sgt. Charles Daigle assisted in the traffic stop and detained the driver while Vincent searched the roadway for the object thrown out.
The object was later located on Bean Rd. and identified as a fake brake fluid bottle that had a hidden void in the bottle that contained 26 grams of methamphetamine, according to the report.
“These bottles are very common,” stated Vincent. “They come in all shapes and sizes from aerosol cans to different containers used to store fluids.”
Vincent stated in the report that the bottle also contained a scented powder in an attempt to distract a narcotics K9.
Also, the bottle still contained a gag store price sticker that described it as a fake with a price of $34.99, according to the report. “There isn’t a bottle of brake fluid on the market that costs that much,” said Vincent.
Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace TJ Hall set bond at $35,000 including $25,000 on the drug charge.
Sheriff Ed Cain credited the success of the investigation that began with several complaints from concerned citizens.
“The narcotics division did a great job investigating the leads,” said Cain. “But ultimately, it was a win for the citizens who provided the information that led to this arrest.”