BLOOMFIELD -- A 32-year-old Brazil man who took a ride through Greene County in a stolen vehicle wound up in jail recently and is now facing numerous charges.
Justin D. Norris was arrested by Greene County Sheriff's Deputy Chris McDonald after he was stopped after 10 p.m., Friday, near QV Automotive on State Road 54 east of Bloomfield.
McDonald received a call from a dispatcher to watch for a green Mazda pickup truck that was driving erratically.
According to one probable cause affidavit written by McDonald, an inquiry to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles revealed that Norris' driving privileges had been suspended with a reinstatement eligibility date of "indefinite."
Norris was transported to the Greene County Jail and booked in on a preliminary charge of theft -- the description of Norris and the vehicle he was driving, including its license plate number, also matched the description given after a drive-off theft of gasoline reported in Worthington earlier Friday.
The description of the vehicle and the license plate number also matched the description of a vehicle that was reported stolen in Linton as well.
Preliminary charges were filed against Norris Monday in Greene Superior Court. They included operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a class C misdemeanor, operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a previous conviction for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a class D felony, theft, a class D felony, and driving while suspended, a class A misdemeanor.
Two other charges were filed by the Greene County Prosecutor's office, but had not been approved by a judge as of Monday.
They included operating a vehicle while intoxicated in a manner which endangered a person, a class A misdemeanor, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated in a manner which endangered a person with a previous conviction for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a class D felony.
In addition, as of Monday, no charges had been filed in connection with the theft of the truck.
Bond was initially set at $4,000 with no 10 percent allowed.
Norris appeared at an initial hearing Monday and bond was increased to $13,000 cash or surety -- no 10 percent allowed.