Terre Haute man flees traffic stop

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A Terre Haute man is facing drug possession and other charges after attempting to flee from law enforcement during a traffic stop.

When an Indiana State Trooper pulled over a car with a heavily damaged windshield Wednesday evening, a passenger, later identified as Ernest L. Hoopingarner, 45, immediately attempted to get out of the car. 

While he listened to commands from the trooper to remain in the car, the trooper noticed he was acting suspicious. He was unable to produce a photo ID and became visibly nervous, according to authorities.

When the trooper returned to his patrol car to verify information provided, Hoopingarner ran, initiating a foot pursuit. 

While running, Hoopingarner discarded a hooded sweatshirt with paraphernalia in the pocket and a metal box containing approximately 1.5 grams of methamphetamine.

Once authorities were able to take Hoopingarner into custody, he was charged with possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, resisting law enforcement, possession of paraphernalia and false informing. He was transported to the Vigo County Jail 

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