Local law enforcement officers were busy Monday with traffic stops and arrests.
A suspect, who was highlighted as part of Wabash Valley's Most Wanted on Nov. 18, made a wise decision not to run when members of the Brazil City Police Department performed a traffic stop in an area near 2186 W. United States 40.
K-9 Handler/Patrolman Kenny Hill told The Brazil Times he witnessed Donald R. Orman, 21, Terre Haute, perform two separate traffic violations before attempting to stop him.
Although Hill activated his vehicle's lights well before the intersection of US 40 and County Road 200 W, he said Orman didn't immediately stop.
When he finally did, Orman made a startling admission when Hill and Patrolman Jeff Bucklin approached the car.
"He told us, 'I was about to run, but I decided not to'," Hill said.
While performing a routine pat-down search for safety reasons, Hill said he found Orman was in possession a syringe.
During a walk-around of the vehicle, K-9 Officer Anya detected drugs on the driver's side door and in the passenger's side of the backseat. Officers later discovered two small bags of marijuana in the same area.
Orman was taken into custody and transported to the Clay County Justice Center. He was preliminarily charged with possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana under 30 grams, driving while never licensed, reckless possession of paraphernalia and a parole violation charge issued by the Indiana Department of Correction.
A preliminary $5,000 cash bond (no 10 percent allowed) was set in the case, however, Orman will not be allowed to bond out until he answers for the parole violation.
Meanwhile, deputies of the Clay County Sheriff's Department worked a separate traffic stop in the area near the public fishing area on County Road 425 West that led to two drug-related arrests.
Although details are limited due to the ongoing investigation, Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton confirmed to The Brazil Times that Jerry L. Sollars, 31, Shelburn, Ind., and Alta Bedford, 46, Terre Haute, were arrested after deputies allegedly discovered drugs and paraphernalia in their vehicle.
Sollars was booked into the Clay County Justice Center on preliminary charges of driving while suspended (prior), possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.
Bedford was booked into the Clay County Justice Center on preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and possession of controlled substance.
A $7,000 cash bond (no 10 percent allowed) was issued in both cases.
Orman, Sollars and Bedford remain incarcerated at the jail while awaiting formal court proceedings in their respective cases.