Iowa man speeding more than 120 mph through Hancock County arrested for cocaine possession

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Thomas Walker | Photo courtesy of Hancock County Sheriff's Department

CARTHAGE, Ill. — A report of a reckless driver going more than 120 mph led to the arrest of a Clinton, Iowa man for possession of cocaine. 

Thomas S. Walker, 39, was placed under arrest and transported to the Hancock County Jail. He was released after an initial court appearance with a notice to appear per the Illinois Safe-T Act. 

At approximately 3:57 p.m. Oct. 24, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department received a call from a citizen reporting a northbound gray two-door car with no license plates speeding on Illinois 336. 

Deputies travelled to that area, found the suspect’s vehicle and got its speed on radar. The vehicle was travelling at 121 mph in a 65 mph zone. A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle. A deputy found drug paraphernalia in plain view inside the passenger compartment of the vehicle. A Carthage Police Department officer arrived to assist, and the vehicle was searched. 

Deputies found baggies containing a white powdery substance, baggies containing crystallized substance, spoons coated with white powdery substance, a baggie containing suspected psychedelic mushrooms, and the originally found glass smoking pipe. The substances were field tested and tested positive for cocaine. 

The total weight of all substances that tested positive for cocaine was 71.8 grams. 

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