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Officer pricked by uncapped syringe while conducting traffic stop

A traffic stop in Elizabethtown Wednesday resulted in a police officer being pricked by an uncapped syringe while searching a vehicle. According to arrest citations, an officer observed a vehicle traveling south on I-65 yesterday morning and noticed the vehicle’s license plate was not illuminated. Upon stopping the vehicle, the driver, William Bryant, was arrested as he had active warrants. The officer spoke with the passenger, Lynda Schenk, and asked her if she had anything on her or in the vehicle that would stick or stab him. She advised that she did not. The officer located a bag containing syringes, with an uncapped one accidentally sticking him. A search of the rest of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of multiple bags of suspected methamphetamines, as well as a scale, several smoking pipes, and an open alcoholic container. Schenk was arrested and charged with wanton endangerment of an officer, as well as trafficking in a controlled substance. She and Bryant were both lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

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