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Trooper finds marijuana wax in vehicle

Cary Ashby • May 30, 2014 at 1:07 PM

One of two drivers recently accused of driving under the influence reportedly was found with marijuana paraphernalia.

Bart N. Spanfellner, 39, of Flat Rock, faces several charges in connection with a traffic stop at 9:40 a.m. Saturday. Trooper Shawn Whiley, of the state Highway Patrol's Norwalk post, warned him about a muffler violation on Ohio 4 in Lyme Township.

The trooper reported smelling burnt marijuana during the traffic stop and Spanfellner admitted to having marijuana wax in the glove compartment, according to the patrol. Also, Whiley said he found a metal vaporizing pipe in the suspect's pocket.

Spanfellner, who refused a breath test, was charged with DUI, possession of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and a seat belt violation.

At 3:08 p.m. Monday, Trooper William Howard stopped Sergio Lopez Garcia, 36, of 24 E. Emerald St., Willard, after clocking him going 73 mph in a 55 mph zone. The driver was on Ohio 61 in Peru Township.

Lopez Garcia's blood alcohol content level tested at .165 percent, according to the patrol. The legal limit for drivers in Ohio is .08 percent.

The driver was charged with DUI and speeding. Lopez Garcia also was cited with an open container violation in connection with Howard reportedly finding an half-full can of Bud Light in the vehicle.

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