Suspect Attempts to Dump Suspected Methamphetamine During Traffic Stop, Drugs hit Trooper’s Cruiser


A man observed by Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement and Special Investigations was recently pulled over and charged with a handful of offenses, including tampering with physical evidence where he allegedly threw suspected methamphetamine onto the interstate.

According to the citation, Peter Auel was observed by the trooper going much slower than surrounding traffic and swerving in and out of lanes near the 86 milepoint on i75 going southbound.

The officer determined that the vehicle was a rental, and activated his lights as he feared that the Auel was falling asleep or driving intoxicated. However, he allegedly failed to stop and was seen reaching into the center console.

The trooper reported that as he attempted to dump the contents of the bag he put out the window, that a crystalline substance hit his cruiser. The empty bag was then thrown at the 83 mile marker.

When Auel finally did stop for police, he allegedly did not comply with verbal commands and backup arrived to conduct the arrest.

Inside the vehicle were more shards of suspected methamphetamine, which were tested on site positively. The empty baggie was located and tested, as well as the spots that hit the cruiser during the pursuit. All allegedly tested positively for methamphetamine.

Auel was arrested and charged with fleeing and evading police in a motor vehicle, trafficking, tampering with physical evidence, and four counts of failure to appear.