Mother offended by trooper's accusations of meth use during traffic stop

Stephanie and Matt Foltz look at the traffic ticket she received.

A young Indiana mother could hardly believe what a state trooper said to her during a traffic stop.

Stephanie Foltz was pulled over for speeding in Tippecanoe County when the routine stop took a turn. Foltz and her husband, Matt, recorded audio of the exchange and posted it to YouTube.

"When did you start smoking meth?" Trooper Thomas Manning asked.

"I've never smoked meth in my life," Foltz replied.

"What happened to your teeth?" Manning said.

"Childbirth," Foltz said.

"Are you saying your children did that to you?"

"During pregnancy, they take calcium out of your body and the first place it comes from is teeth," Stephanie said.

"I don't believe you," the trooper told her. "I know they do take calcium from your body, but they don't do it in that way."


Stephanie now says, "After that conversation, it makes me not want to talk to anyone. If he has that perception of me, who's to say somebody else doesn't, you know?" 

Meth use causes serious dental problems

But Stephanie says she inherited her bad teeth.

"I swear on everyone I've ever loved, I have never smoked meth in my life," she told Manning.

She says her dentist told her about the pregnancy effect.

"I guess my teeth are bad, but that was no reason for him to continuously sit there and tell me that I was doing meth and I just need to be honest with him," Stephanie said.

She was ticketed for running 73 in a 60 mph zone. But once the trooper saw her teeth she thinks he anticipated a possible drug arrest. 

"She was in tears. She could hardly talk, let alone drive. I ended up taking off work early," Matt Foltz said.

When he couldn't reach state police Tuesday, he posted the audio to YouTube

"I don't want the publicity. I don't want the attention. I just don't think it was right the way he handled the situation," Stephanie said.

She says people need to be less judgmental. 

"I'm taking care of my kids. They come first. I don't have the money to fix my teeth," she said.

State police have listened to the recording, but found no violations of rules or policies. They did, however, make it a teaching moment, speaking with the trooper about what he did well and what he could have done better.