Vanderburgh County – Monday morning at approximately 7:50, Trooper Hunter Manning stopped the driver of a 2018 Ford Edge for speeding in the construction zone on US 41 near I-69. The vehicle was clocked by radar at 59 mph in a 45 mph zone. When Trooper Manning approached the vehicle he detected an odor of marijuana. The driver was identified as Mackenzie D. Bryant, 25, of Evansville. She had her 6 month old child restrained in a forward facing child safety seat. Children under the age of one-year and 20 lbs. are required by law to be restrained in a rear-facing child safety seat. The seat belt was installed around the child safety seat, but the seat belt was not secured properly. A roadside field sobriety test indicated Bryant was impaired. Further investigation revealed she had smoked synthetic marijuana earlier this morning. Bryant refused to submit to a chemical test. She was arrested and taken to the Vanderburgh County Jail where she is currently being held on bond. The Department of Child Services took custody of the child.
Arrested and Charges:
- Mackenzie D. Bryant, 25, Evansville, IN
- Driving While Intoxicated with a Passenger under the age of 18, Class 6 Felony
- Possession of Synthetic Marijuana or Synthetic Look-Alike Substance, Class A Misd.
- Child Restraint Violation
Arresting Officer: Trooper Hunter Manning, Indiana State Police