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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) -  A Madison County grand jury has indicted a Collinsville police officer on four counts of obstructing justice.

The charges against Luke Tillman stem from a November 16, 2011 traffic stop made outside Collinsville city limits.

The indictment says Tillman pulled over a 50-year-old woman from Maryville for failure to display any registration.

When a routine search of the woman’s car turned up a potential “crack pipe”, a felony drug warrant was issued against her.

Defense attorneys, however, notified the state’s attorney’s office that there were several discrepencies in the case, including the fact that the driver did have a valid temporary registration tag on display at the time of the stop, and that Officer Tillman neglected to report that a video and audio recording of the entire traffic stop had been made.

The felony drug charge against the suspect was throne out.

If convicted on all counts, Tillman faces a possible maximum sentence of 12 years in prison.

He’s on paid leave pending the outcome of the case.

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