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Traffic stop leads to arrest, saves juvenile life

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

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Kevin Wheeler
Officials believe an early morning traffic stop saved an unidentified teenager from overdosing after a night of partying.

While providing information about the on-going investigation, Brazil Police Chief Terry Harrison told The Brazil Times Tuesday that, "I really believe, and hospital officials made reference to is as well, that if the Patrolman Jeremy Mace had not stopped this car, the teenager would have died."

Around 2 a.m., Mace stopped a speeding vehicle near the intersection of State Road 59 and United States 40. While questioning the driver and passenger, Mace was informed they were speeding because a third individual in the backseat was "very sick."

"They told the officer they were taking him to a friend's house," Harrison said. "If they would have done that, he probably would have died."

TransCare took the unresponsive 19-year-old to St. Vincent Clay Hospital, who was later airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital. Drug tests confirmed the patient consumed undisclosed amounts of marijuana and prescription drugs.

The driver and the front-seat passenger admitted to police officers they had consumed various illegal substances, including methamphetamine, while partying.

In an attempt to gather information by questioning both passengers, Mace took the unidentified front-seat passenger to St. Vincent Clay Hospital. The front-seat passenger later fled on foot for unknown reasons, but Harrison said officers are following up leads on the suspect's whereabouts.

Brazil resident Kevin T. Wheeler, 19, the driver, was arrested on preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated under the influence of a controlled substance and disorderly conduct. Awaiting formal arraignment in court, jail officials confirmed that Wheeler remained incarcerated on a $700 bond as of press time.

The case is currently under review by the Clay County Prosecutor's Office for further potential charges for the individuals involved.

Harrison said this incident is a reminder of how drugs impact the community.

"There is an epidemic of drugs in our community. It's a sad situation to see, but as law enforcement officers we know these types of things are going on all the time," Harrison said. "It is also amazing the level of ignorance about the potential consequences that can happen from drug use, this teenager could have died."


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Good job, Jeremy!

-- Posted by Civisi on Tue, Apr 29, 2008, at 9:56 PM

Wow. It's SO much more important to save your own skin than to help yourself by owning up to this mistake and getting yourself some help (the kid that ran off). That said .. Good job to law enforcement!!

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Apr 30, 2008, at 10:03 AM

When your friend is ODing you take them to a friends house and not the ER?

Good job law enforcement

-- Posted by madmom61 on Wed, Apr 30, 2008, at 12:10 PM

Great job Brazil P.D. Too bad his "friends" didn't care as much about him as you did.

-- Posted by th1953 on Wed, Apr 30, 2008, at 2:13 PM

The state needs in bring in under cover cops again . Then we can have 20 arrest of the major drug dealers . Scripts in the wrong hands are very dangerous yet the marijuana is a drug that can be found about any ware ,,Stop the DEALERS and parents find some thing to do for your kids besides getting them out of your hair for the evening.. great job OFFICER TERRY you saved a life and one kid run off BUT who cares ,the life you saved was some ones son or grandson or brother that is here today through your swift actions , i do hope you understand just how many lives that were effected by your good thinking ,,,,

-- Posted by CRANKER on Sat, May 3, 2008, at 8:43 AM

Umm... Cranker the officer that saved the kids life was Jeremy Mace. Terry Harrison is the chief.

-- Posted by piper08 on Fri, May 9, 2008, at 4:36 PM


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