Observation of smashed SUV window results in drug-related arrests

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A smashed rear vehicle window tipped off passing police officers who observed a parked SUV in the Country Inn and Suites parking lot Dec. 19, according to a report from the Prairie du Chien Police Department.

At about 10 p.m., the officers noticed two occupants sitting inside the vehicle with the smashed window. They made contact with the occupants and observed the driver, Ryan Melvin, 29, of Readstown, exhibiting extreme signs of drug impairment. Melvin is currently on bond through Crawford County for previous methamphetamine charges. The passenger initially provided false identification to the officers but was identified as Kimberly Brown, 37, of Muscoda.

A subsequent search of the vehicle discovered nearly 30 packages of a Schedule III narcotic, numerous hypodermic needles with meth residue and numerous items of drug paraphernalia, according to the police department. Assistance from the Clayton County Sheriff’s Department was requested in order to provide a drug recognition expert. Melvin was later arrested on charges of felony bail jumping, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a restricted controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Brown was arrested for obstructing justice, possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

All charges are being referred to the Crawford County District Attorney’s Office. 

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