ISP: Impaired driver, passenger arrested with drugs and toddler in car

Taylor Merino, Elizabeth Stocker, and Carlos Merino (left to right)
Taylor Merino, Elizabeth Stocker, and Carlos Merino (left to right)
Updated: May. 20, 2019 at 1:52 PM CDT
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PIKE CO., Ind. (WFIE) - Indiana State Police say they stopped at driver going 86 mph on I-69 in Pike County.

It happened Sunday just after 6:30 p.m.

A trooper says he could smell marijuana when he approached the car.

He says the driver, 22-year-old Taylor Merino of Henderson, appeared to be impaired, but refused to take a chemical test.

Inside the car, troopers say they found meth, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

A passenger, 36-year-old Elizabeth Stocker of Corydon, was in the back seat with her 15-month-old grandchild.

Merino is charged with possession of meth, marijuana, and paraphernalia, and driving while intoxicated with a passenger less than 18 years of age.

Stocker is charged with neglect, and possession of synthetic marijuana and paraphernalia.

State Police say another passenger, Carlos Merino, was charged with possession of marijuana.

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