Wednesday, August 12, 2020
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Troopers Find Nitrous Oxide Tanks During Crash Investigation

A Sparta man faces charges after authorities found nitrous oxide tanks and more than a pound of marijuana inside his vehicle.

State troopers arrested Tyler Dwain Rice after he allegedly crashed his automobile and fled the scene Sunday.

An arrest warrant said state troopers responded to a motor vehicle crash on Highway 111. Witnesses stated that Rice fled the scene when they called police to report the crash.

A search of the vehicle revealed a cardboard box containing two pounds of a green leafy substance, digital scales, and a grinder. Troopers also discovered a 23 pound nitrous oxide tank in the trunk and a 13 pound tank in the passenger’s side floorboard.

In addition, the warrant said authorities found a weed eater reported stolen from the Sparta Walmart.

Charges against Rice include possession of a controlled substance, inhaling, selling, giving or possessing gases, and theft. He left the Putnam County Jail after posting $10,000 bond.