A Montgomery man has been charged in Steele County Court after he allegedly tossed a bag of methamphetamine out of his vehicle during a traffic stop.

Douglas Chandler Deitert, 54, has been charged with one felony count of second-degree drug possession. He is also facing one charge of driving after cancellation, a gross misdemeanor.

According to the criminal complaint, an Owatonna officer initiated a traffic stop shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday. The officer had entered the information of a vehicle he observed and it showed the registered owner, Deitert, had a canceled driving status.

Before the vehicle came to a full stop, the officer reported seeing the driver throw a small white bag out of the passenger window. Officer retrieved the bag which contained a white crystal-like substance that tested presumptive positive for meth. The bag weighed a total of 33.6 grams.

Deitert was arrested without incident. Officers searched Deitert and located drug paraphernalia on his person and in his vehicle. A piece of plastic was also located in the vehicle which matched a missing piece of the bag officers found outside that contained meth.

Deitert's criminal history dates back to 1994, including a 2016 felony DWI conviction in Blue Earth County and a 2012 felony drug sale conviction in Goodhue County.

As of Friday afternoon, Deitert was in custody at the Steele County Detention Center. Bail without conditions was set at $50,000. His next court date is scheduled for April 22.

Reach Reporter Annie Granlund at 507-444-2378 or follow her on Twitter @AnnieGranlund. ©Copyright 2021 APG Media of Southern Minnesota.

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