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A routine traffic stop led to more problems for an Elizabethtown man May 27.
At the time Kentucky State Trooper Jon Vaughn signaled for him to pull over on Old Sonora Road, Jason Scott Hatcher, 27, formerly of Hodgenville, already was under indictment for wanton endangerment, use or possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and being a persistent felony offender. A second indictment charges him with manufacturing methamphetamine, convicted felon in possession of a handgun, possession of controlled substance, use or possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
Hatcher was scheduled for trial in LaRue Circuit Court on both sets of charges Aug. 23. He was released from the LaRue County Detention Center in April after posting bond.
The trooper determined there was probable cause to search Hatcher’s vehicle as a blue pen tube with white residue was visible in the console. The residue field-tested for methamphetamine. Oxycontin pills were found inside the car.
Hatcher’s new charges include careless driving, failure to or improper signal, failure to wear seatbelt, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first-degree possession of controlled substance, second or more offense, use or possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of controlled substance (meth), tampering with physical evidence and controlled substance not in proper container.
He was lodged in the LaRue County Jail.