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Erratic driver faces neglect, pot charges

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A Martinsville man was arrested after he told police he smoked spice with a baby in the car.

Michael Edward Keller, 22, was arrested on charges of neglect of a dependent, possession of marijuana, operating a vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance and operating a vehicle while under the influence with a previous conviction.

About 9:30 p.m. Friday, a deputy stopped a vehicle on U.S. 31 south of Franklin because the motorist was driving on the road’s shoulder and going 20 mph slower than the speed limit, according to a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office report.

Two adult passengers and Keller’s 5-month-old child also were in the car, according to the report.

The deputy smelled what he thought was burned marijuana in the car, and Keller said he had been smoking spice. Keller failed a field sobriety test, and the deputy took him to Johnson Memorial Hospital to have his blood drawn to be tested for intoxication, the report said. The results of the blood test were not yet available.

Keller, 2585 Brandywine Lane, was arrested and taken to the Johnson County jail, where he was being held Monday on $26,000 bond.

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