Initially pulled over for a potential speeding violation around 2:30 a.m., Larry Criscillies, 22, Indianapolis, was unable to provide a legal vehicle registration of the 1997 Dodge truck to Clay County Sheriff's Deputy/K-9 Handler Brison Swearingen.
The license plate did not match the vehicle when checked by authorities, but the vehicle identification number (VIN) matched that of a vehicle recently reported stolen to the Brazil City Police Department on Aug. 14.
Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison told The Brazil Times that there is a potential for more charges to be filed after the Clay County Prosecutor's Office reviews the case.
"Basically this case is a matter of theft by fraudulent possession," Harrison said, explaining that Criscillies allegedly knew the vehicle was stolen when he got it. "He attempted to remove the VIN number."
According to jail officials, Criscillies remains in custody at the Clay County Justice Center on a $7,000 cash bond for a preliminary felony charge of auto theft/receiving auto parts. Criscillies will appear for formal arraignment per the court schedule.
During another early morning traffic stop Monday, Brazil City Police Department Reserve Patrolman Eric Vanatti and Sgt. Dennis Archer arrested two allegedly intoxicated Brazil men who were sitting in a car blocking traffic at the intersection of Chicago and Central Ave. shortly before 1 a.m.
When the officers asked the driver, Shawheen D. Arabi, 22, Brazil, to exit the car, he started arguing with them. Refusing a sobriety test, the officers attempted to take Arabi into custody but he fought being handcuffed and refused to get into the police car. During a routine search, officers found an undisclosed amount of marijuana in Arabi's possession.
After a routine background check, the passenger, James M. Waggle, 20, was taken into custody without incident for an outstanding arrest warrant for a probation violation.
Both men were taken to the Clay County Justice Center for booking.
Waggle was booked into the jail without a bond where, according to jail officials, he will stay until an appearance in Clay Circuit Court can be arranged per the court calendar.
NOTE: (Sept. 3) Shawheen D. Arabi and James M. Waggle, who were mentioned in the above story, were not involved in the incident involving a stolen vehicle.