Troopers stop impaired driver in construction zone

(Provided Photo/Indiana State Police)

VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – Indiana State Police troopers say they pulled over an impaired driver in a construction zone on Tuesday.

It happened around 1:30 p.m. According to police, an Indiana State trooper spotted a Chevy Impala driving erratically in the southbound lanes of US 41 near Davis Avenue in Terre Haute.

After stopping the car, the trooper smelled what appeared to be marijuana.

(Provided Photo/Indiana State Police)
(Provided Photo/Indiana State Police)

During further investigation, the trooper found the driver to be unsteady on his feet, nervous, and appeared to kick something under the vehicle.

A search under the car found about 18 grams of suspected marijuana in a plastic bag.

After searching the car, officers found less than three grams of suspected marijuana, along with Schedule IV prescription pills, that the driver didn’t have a prescription to.

After failing a field sobriety test, police arrested 24-year-old Bradley T.J. Chowning of Terre Haute. He was preliminarily charged with possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, operating while intoxicated, and possession of marijuana.

A passenger in the car, 32-year-old Richard T. Gibbs also from Terre Haute, was arrested on a failure to appear warrant.

Both men were being held in the Vigo County Jail on Tuesday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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