While responding to a complaint of a parked vehicle in front of a business at the Forest Park Plaza at 10 a.m. on Oct. 8, Brazil City Patrolman Todd Stemm found Chad Eric Davis and Paul William Gunzel who seemed to be asleep in their car.
Stemm, who was able to view drug-related paraphernalia in plain sight, was assisted by Patrolman Jeff Bucklin and Sheriff's Deputy Jason Frazier in a search of the vehicle during which a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue and a plastic bag with methamphetamine were found.
Davis and Gunzel were arrested and booked into Clay County Jail.
Later that day, Patrolman Bucklin, along with Patrolman Chris Blila, was responding to an impaired driver call when he witnessed a black Ford Expedition take off at a high rate of speed in the vicinity of the Villa Motel, just east of Brazil.
After a short pursuit on U.S. 40, the driver, James R. Mackey, was pulled over at the Brazil BP Amoco, at 210 W. National Ave.
In the course of the stop, it was discovered that the vehicle registration had expired and during a "patdown" of the driver, a knife was located on Mackey.
During a further search of the vehicle, officers located a glass pipe with suspected methamphetamine residue still inside.
Mackey's vehicle was impounded and he was arrested and booked into the Clay County Jail.
The Clay County Prosecutor's Office has charged the men with the following:
- Davis and Gunzel have been charged with one count of Possession of Paraphernalia, which, if convicted, is punishable with up to 1 year imprisonment and/or a fine of $5,000.
- Mackey was charged with Possession of a Narcotic Drug, a Class D felony; Driving While Suspended, a Class A infraction; and Possession of Paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor. If convicted, Mackey could be punished with up to 3 years imprisonment and/or a fine of $25,000.