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Driver refuses to get out of car, cites Mich. law to Ind. police

GRANGER, Ind. -- A routine traffic stop turned into a drug bust Friday in Granger. Police stopped a blue Saturn on State Road 23 for speeding.

As they approached the car, police smelled marijuana.

The driver refused to get out of the car. He said he didn’t have to under Michigan state law.

But the driver was in Granger, Indiana.

Eventually the state police and St. Joseph County officers pulled the suspect out of the car.

"They are in the state of Indiana and they have to abide by the Indiana Law; Indiana Code. We have both Indiana Code and Federal law, so you have to abide by both; and you can't just pull the Michigan card that you're trying to follow Michigan law when you cross over into Indiana,” said Sergeant Chad Larsh of the Indiana State Police.

Police say they found drugs on the driver and he was arrested at the scene.

His passengers, a woman and child, were released.
 

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