Accused drugged driver confesses during traffic stop

Thomas Spangler (courtesy Van Buren County Sheriff's Office - March 14, 2014)
Thomas Spangler (courtesy Van Buren County Sheriff's Office - March 14, 2014)

COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – A man from Ottawa County is facing many charges following a traffic stop in Van Buren County.

A sheriff’s deputy stopped a vehicle around 4:15 p.m. Thursday near 72nd Street and County Road 378 in Covert Township after the driver, Thomas Spangler, committed a traffic violation, according to a news release.

Spangler drove into a driveway and showed signs of being under the influence of drugs as the deputy talked to him. Spangler then failed some sobriety tests at the scene.

Spangler was put under arrest, and the deputy searched the suspect’s vehicle and found materials to manufacture a methamphetamine lab, finished methamphetamine, marijuana, and ammunition for a .45 caliber gun.

Spangler admitted to using drugs prior to getting into his vehicle, and operating a vehicle that was not properly licensed or insured.

He also had a suspended driver’s license and outstanding bench warrants against him out of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office and Benton Township Police Department.

Spangler, 27, from Holland, was arrested on charges of operating while intoxicated by methamphetamine, operating/maintaining a methamphetamine lab, having no car insurance, driving with a suspended license, operating an unregistered vehicle, and possession of marijuana.

The case was forwarded to the Van Buren County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

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