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Pursuit around Brazil leads to arrests

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The results of a reckless vehicle pursuit ended within inches of the swing sets on the north side of Babe Wheeler Park Tuesday afternoon. Ivy Jackson Photo. [Order this photo]
* Updated at 10:28 p.m.

A suspect wanted on a felony arrest warrant for various drug related charges led law enforcement officials on a reckless pursuit in Brazil, including through the grounds of a local park, Tuesday afternoon.

According the Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton, several officers were in an area around Kruzan and Walnut streets looking for a suspect, Shawn Anthony Weddle, 37, Brazil, wanted on various drug-related charges. Investigating officers had also received information Weddle was in possession of a firearm and had allegedly been making threats to kill people.

Shawn Anthony Weddle
Around 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Weddle and passenger Jeffrey Grigsby, 46, Terre Haute, were spotted and identified. When officers attempted to enclose Weddle's Ford pick-up truck with police cruisers to make an arrest, he allegedly accelerated head-on at one of the sheriff's department vehicles and then veered toward a vehicle driven by a deputy US Marshal.

Weddle fled north on Walnut Street a few blocks before turning west on Robinson, where the truck hit a curb and blew a tire. At the intersection of Robinson and Meridian streets, Weddle drove into a portion of Babe Wheeler Park that is not fenced in. Weddle drove around the basketball court, sliding on the grass and came to a stop a few feet from the swing sets located on the north side of the park.

Both men bailed out of the truck and ran away on foot until they were caught by officers at a residence just south of the intersection of Hendrix and Depot streets. Officials said they were taken into custody without further incident.

It is unclear how many people were in the park at the time, but several local residents told The Brazil Times they saw a wrecker remove the truck from the park.

"When suspects have no regard for their own life, or that of others, it creates the potential for dangerous and unpredictable situations like this," Heaton told The Brazil Times. "We try to avoid this type of situation from happening, but we actually have very little control until a suspect is taken into custody."

Jeffrey Grigsby
Both men are currently incarcerated at the Clay County Justice Center awaiting formal court proceedings.

Grigsby was booked in for preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement and visiting a common nuisance. Officials also provided information that Grigsby is reportedly on parole through the Indiana Department of Correction after serving time for a charge of dealing cocaine or a narcotic drug.

Weddle was booked on the warrant charges (two counts of class B dealing in methamphetamine, two counts of maintaining a common nuisance and one count of possession of methamphetamine) and felony resisting law enforcement, misdemeanor resisting law enforcement and child endangerment.

No injuries had been reported as of press time.

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Meth users in Clay County?

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Tue, May 12, 2009, at 6:00 PM

Lee, you are like a broken record. do you ever get tired of posting the same comments? get over yourself.

-- Posted by IIVIIy Name Is on Tue, May 12, 2009, at 6:26 PM

Scary... That park is very well used during the day by lots of parents and small kids. This could have been a real disaster.

Get these guys off the streets and throw away the key.

-- Posted by BackHomeAgain on Tue, May 12, 2009, at 6:33 PM

It sound like Lee has a problem.

-- Posted by donalde on Tue, May 12, 2009, at 8:02 PM

I watched this pursuit begin including when they tried to ram past the deputies car to begin it. Nice day for yard work! The passenger looked liked a crazed animal going past as he looked back. Sheriff Heaton, can't I have just 10 seconds alone with these jerks? This started not too long before school let out as I recall. No mercy for this one. Send them away, if not guilty for the drugs they are guilty for being a danger to all of us. Good job CCSD!

-- Posted by michael.galloway1 on Tue, May 12, 2009, at 8:17 PM

has anybody thought about just letting these people kill themselves? If law enforcement hadnt chased them ,they wouldnt have went through a park. let these people do the drugs and punish them on the same scale as drinkers. this is all one big scam. drugs= confiscation money for the cops,jail money for sheriffs, prison money for state and county. IT is all just a way for state to get money.IS it we HAVE TO PAY or THEY WANT US TO PAY? oNE MORE COMMENT , LOOK AT THE K9 OFFICERS HOUSES AND PERSONNAL VEHICALS AND THEN LOOK AT THE REGULAR OFFICERS HOUSE AND CARS.OK IM DONE.

-- Posted by wow21 on Tue, May 12, 2009, at 8:20 PM

What do the deputies houses have to do with this story?

-- Posted by dmh15 on Tue, May 12, 2009, at 8:38 PM

Looks like he didn't learn much from the CLIFF program. I feel bad for his family and him too, but he continues to make the same choices for his life. It's sad to see another person ruined by meth. I guess i wish there was something to do for them, goes to show you that you can lock them up but they go back to the same lifestyle. I know that they must want help, but I think sometimes it's very hard for them to do anything different because they are most likely only going to get a minium wage job, which they can't even make ends meet with and then the court tacks on fines, fees, and probation how are they supposed to survive and do different? I think sometimes in the end we set them up for failure. I don't know what the answer is, I know my family knows what it is like to have an addict and it is HEART wrenching to see them in trouble, but sometimes you come to the choice that you'd rather them be in jail than dead. I also understand why the great need is to get drugs off the streets. I don't know anything worth my job, kids, house, or my life, I don't understand why these dope heads do what they do, but thank God I don't know what it is to be an addict. They are sick and I wish there was something else we could do to help them besides lock them up especially if they are not violent.

-- Posted by ape1 on Tue, May 12, 2009, at 8:50 PM

wow21, maybe the state should administer roadside executions for second offense drug charges. that might curb the issue with tax money paying for housing these thugs. but why stop there, lets take it one step farther and execute the stupid along with them. better stay off the road if that ever happens.

and all the officer's have nice houses and vehicle's, not just the k9 officers. that may be because they work for what they have.

by the way when you read this, have the voice in your head use a sarcastic tone.

-- Posted by IIVIIy Name Is on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 3:08 AM

Looks like both of these guys just got out of prison not long ago for dealing narcotics. sad. Thank God nobody got hurt.

-- Posted by ape1 on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 6:49 AM

WOW21, as a K9 officer's wife, I don't think our place of residence or our vehicles have any relevance to this story, but just to humor you -- My husband and I work very hard for what we have. Our house is not any nicer than any of the other officers' houses.

My husband does his job to make our community a safer place to live and raise children. It is definitely not for the "healthy" paycheck. There are no special perks, benefits, or extra compensation for being a K9 officer or working a drug bust. If anything it is more stressful. There is a lot of extra work and training that goes on behind the scenes. He is also on call 24/7 and gets called out at all hours day or night! These officers risk their lives everytime they put that uniform on, show a little respect!!! I believe all of the officers do a terrific job and I for one am happy they got these guys off the street. If they care so little that they would drive through a park who knows what else they may have been capable of doing had they not been caught. Great job guys, keep up the good work.

Well said 1*35!!

-- Posted by sexybrunette on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 7:18 AM

Guess we wont be seeing Shawn at our 20 year reunion! I am very glad to see they got him and others off the streets before they would make another deal that just might end up in the hands of someone that I might know! Wow21 you must not have any children that you want to protect and make sure they never have to worry about this stuff. I will always be greatful to those who help protect my children now and in the future!

-- Posted by momof2brightones on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 7:49 AM

I am sorry Ashley08, I cannot feel sorry for someone who would actually go out and put that awful stuff in their bodies in the first place and then become addicted to it and then cannot stop using it and then ruin their lives with it! Why do it? Do you not realize all the awful stuff that is in Meth? What would possess a person to even try that in the first place? Desperation? Low self esteem? No self control? It just sickens me to think people can ruin their lives on that and then we as citizens HAVE to pay the price for THEIR wrong doing! I am glad to hear that you are a recovering Meth Addict, good for you, BUT...there are lots of other people who go to jail, get out and DO IT AGAIN! I work hard for my money, I get up, go to work every day and for what, to pay for all the addicts in Clay County who don't have a clue! Is it fair that I may lose my home, my car etc just because MY taxes go up to house all the addicts in Clay County? I THINK NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I say put all the addicts on an island and let them smoke their brains out so I don't have to pay for them!!!!!

-- Posted by clgruener on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 8:02 AM

Is #35 a cop ? Thats pretty harsh, unprofessional, language if its a cop, thought maybe they were to be more in control of their emotions than that considering the job they have to do.

-- Posted by Edward Kane on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 8:06 AM

I think part of what is being missed in this argument is that our first priority needs to be getting the dealers off the streets. Road side executions may not be the answer, but tougher, longer sentences (maybe hard labor should be reinstated). Don't put them in cushy prison cells with their satellite TV and personal game systems. Make prison something to be afraid of instead of a glorified vacation. Drug dealers shouldn't be allowed back on the street after a year or two. Once upon a time, if you did a crime you got sent out of the country. In some countries, you do a crime, you lose a limb. Some of you are saying "But what about freedom?" What about our freedom from these criminals that are polluting our society and threatening our friends, family, and children?

-- Posted by KTEAPayne on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 8:24 AM

The law enforcement officers in our county work

hard and deserve more than they receive. I am not

an officer, nor married to one, or even have one

in my family, but Kudos to our hard working Clay

County law enforcement. They can only do what they can, and they succeed. Only my opinion.

-- Posted by busymomandstudent on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 9:14 AM

I honestly believe that for sure Shawn will get a long trip this time. I see trying to help them to be better people and not send them to prison for years and years, but I think he crossed a VERY BIG line when he acted retarded where kids and families go. I don't care what lifestyle people choose but you have to be responsible, he showed everyone that he is an idioit!!! IT's people like him that makes the need to get meth off the streets so needed. It's not just meth, there are alcoholics, pot smokers, gamblers, and any other kind of addictions you can think of who lose their sense of responsiblity so they can get their "need" taken care of. It's sad that it's the addicts family who suffers too, I am all for helping people first but I think these guys-BOTH of them have had multiple times to get help. If they came out of prison and knew they were getting into the same mess, they needed to try do something about it also not just keep digging themselves a whole. I know it's very hard for them financially to survive afterward but my life hasn't always been peachy either but I kept moving foward and I turned out ok. I looked on the Indiana Department of Corrections website, the one guy had 17, yes 17 felony convictions and the other guy had lots of them too and was just released within the year. I don't know what the answer is but it has to stop!!!!

-- Posted by ape1 on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 9:35 AM

borneagain (shouldn't the be bornagain?), I didn't say they were from Clay County. Comprehension on your part is lacking.

Clay County is the armpit of Indiana. Hopefully the meth users will die off soon, then I won't have to post the same thing all the time. We'll both be happy.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 10:38 AM

I'd love to see a chart that has these drug offenders on it along with their level of education and where they went to school. While making the decision to do drugs is a choice that bears consequences as it should, I wonder if some of these people at least were better educated and had better opportunities might they have not chosen this road?

While it's too late for some of these habitual offenders, what kind of job are we doing locally educating the common citizen of this county so to maybe prevent someone from thinking that this is a viable option for escapism from their socioeconomic plight that they feel the need to get "high" or have to make money dealing?

While there are always exceptions to any rule, our school corporation is sorely lacking in some areas that are standard in other Indiana counties. Is it linked somehow with the degree of drugs here and can we prevent more from going down same road?

While police officers "control" the problem, wouldn't it be a good idea to find better prevention as well?

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 11:25 AM

Not being harsh Ashley08, being realistic! I don't feel sorry for you or the other druggies out there! YOU made your beds and YOU should pay the price, not me! I say put the sex offenders on an island too any other person who deserves to be there! I'm tired of working my butt off to give you guys 3 hots and a cot!!!!!!

-- Posted by clgruener on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 12:44 PM

Did anyone stop to think that law enforcement works hard for what they have. Sexybrunette the people that really matter know how hard we all work. People don't know the great support all of the officers and their families are to each other. We have to be, no one else stands up for them. Thin blue line!!!!!!

-- Posted by getit2gether on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 12:55 PM


Don't count on him not being at your high school reunion. I think he was in court Apr. 29 and was "sentenced" for beating his mother and step-father. His step-father was really hurt bad. He was released. In this article, it says that he was wanted for drug related charges: acts he committed since the 29th??

What's wrong with this picture?

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 1:48 PM

First, I find the remark about him being "retarded" very offending. I have a very dear friend who's daughter is mentally handicapped. She's a very sweet and loving girl. She brings joy to everyone who knows her & she IS NOT AN IDIOT!!

As for the true idiots here, I have seen these mens names in the paper over & over again. They are old enough to know what they are doing, so I have very little sympathy for them. You can send them away & detox them, but unless they have hit bottom, they won't change. They have to want to get off the stuff. They have no regard for others.

The law enforcement in our city/county are no different that anyone else. They are out there trying to make a living for their families. They go out everyday to try to keep all of us safe. I can tell you first hand that these men and women earn every penny they make, which isn't that much. IMO, they deserve our respect.

-- Posted by th1953 on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 2:53 PM

Lee Thall- Meth abuse is a community problem, not just a law enforcement or court problem. What are you doing to make the problem better? It is easy to point out the bad in something but until you start to do something positive about the problem you are nothing but a whiner.

-- Posted by snow on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 4:19 PM

Sorry, I didn't mean to offend anyone with the "retarded" word. This has nothing to do with your friends daughter, I DID NOT say she was an idioit either. So unless your friends daughter has a warrant out for her arrest for drugs, eludes the cops, and wreaks her car into a tree at the park, this has nothing to do with her. They did act like idiots.

-- Posted by ape1 on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 5:27 PM

I understand that people with drug problems need another way to get help rather than being locked up without the love and support of there families in most cases.But when people start harming or possibly endangering others, it has to stop. Especially when the same people keep getting out and say they have changed then they get with others and take them down with them. It has to stop. It also seems that the people who are habitual get such a small amount of time. And the ones that are innocent get more than they and/or there families deserve. So lets please keep this garbage out of our towm FOR GOOD.Lets throw away the key this time around.

-- Posted by basketball5 on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 7:40 PM

Driving through the park? Who do they think they are... the Dukes? I suppose one of them missed the warm, rich biscuit gravy at Wabash Valley. Then again, who can resist those home cooked, mass produced prison meals?

-- Posted by WickedSpring64 on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 8:08 PM

My goodness everyone people give you freedom of speech and you all take it out of context. We all have the right to voice our opinions. However some people make thing into more than it should be. People should know that there actions hurt others. And we were all taught in school the effects of drug abuse. But if people get mixed up with the wrong crowds there had to be a punishment and sometimes it helps and sometimes not and in those cases they just need to be taken out of society so others that are trying to lead a good life staying out of trouble don't have to pay for the low lifes that abuse the system and hurt others (family and friends). Yes, we all have skeletons in our closets. So please quit the arguing about this and that so that the people who feel the need to express there opinions may. Because the paper doesn't have to allow us to do this, but they do. So lets not take this small piece of freedom away from the people who try to lead a good life.

-- Posted by basketball5 on Thu, May 14, 2009, at 8:04 AM

Ashley8... I for one am really glad that you were able to turn your life around. You had so much to lose. You finally realized that YOU had to take responsibility for your actions.

Kudos to you... and keep clean...

-- Posted by BackHomeAgain on Thu, May 14, 2009, at 8:17 AM

I agree 100% with Ashley08. And I really think that clgruener should just lay off. Not every druggie does it again when they get out of jail. My uncle went to jail for dealing pot. Lost his house, his car, basically everything but his son. And his ex- girlfriend is in prison for meth. So I think for him to get out get straightened up was because of his kid. Now he has a house, a car, his kid all the time. He is still doing tattooing for a living. So if you have never been through what anyone who has had to deal with family or yourself going to jail then back off.

-- Posted by nhs_babe_2011 on Thu, May 14, 2009, at 9:25 AM

CONGRATULATIONS to Ashley08: Your story is a refreshing change,from the normal gloom and doom.your CHOICE that you have made,will only serve to help others. GOOD LUCK!! checkmate

-- Posted by checkmate on Thu, May 14, 2009, at 9:47 AM

i belive every thing i have wrote here. i believe that when i did drugs i was safer than any alcoholic out there. i worked hard for my money, bought my bag ,and went home. not to bars not out and aabout but yet if i had been arrested i would of served more jail time than a driking driver. Law enforcement is supposed to stop a druggie? what about the old fashion way of takng personnal resposibility? What about a mans home is his castle? If i wanna kill myself why do i need a sheriff and a dog to tell me no. WHO THE HELL ARE YOU TO TELL ME I AM SUPPOSED TO DO SOMETHING IF I HAVE HURT NO ONE. ALCOHOL IS A EVIL ON PAR WITH DRUGS BUT CAN BE TAXED EASIER. LOOK AT PROHIBITION, THE "WAR ON DRUGS" IS THE SAME THING. dEATHS BECAUSE OF LAWS THAT PEOPLE ARE GONNA BREAK NO MATTER WHAT.THE ANCIENT EGYPTIANS AND JEWS SMOKED DOPE AND HERE IT IS 2000 YEARS LATER AND IT IS STILL GOING ON!your k9 husband puts his life on the line for a adrenaline rush and to collect tax dollars when he arrest druggies. go after the ones who need to be gone after. social security fraud! illegal aliens! welfare recipiants who can do work but stay home and have kids so they can have a raise!

-- Posted by wow21 on Thu, May 14, 2009, at 9:04 PM

child molesters get lighter sentences than druggies. politicans who steal from the trusting public.drink and drive then kill a kid -you will not go to jail as long as a guy who has a one year supply of dope. yet there is no constant surveillance of bars but there is k9 to sniff out druggies. Tax and fine dollars and confiscation of property is what this is all about! Dont get me started about cigs and the legality of a known carcinogen.

-- Posted by wow21 on Thu, May 14, 2009, at 9:14 PM

wow21, I am assuming that the "bag" you purchased was filled with marijuana. If in fact you had been caught with it and it was under 30 grams, that would be a misdemeanor, no chance of prison time. if it was over 30 grams, or under if you have a previous conviction, it would be a felony but you still would not get d.o.c. time. It would be pled down. still, no prison time, just county jail time. I am pretty sure that sex offenses are almost always followed by prison time. also, drug users do not have to register as a convicted drug user ( I think that they should) but sex offenders do. if you have followed the drug arrests and have read the articles that stated what the sentence's were you would see that drug offenders usually don't get much time at all. even when "busted" for dealing.

I am going to ignore all of your TEXT IN CAPS because it made no sense at all.

The last part of your post, however, I will reply to. I am pretty sure that social securtiy fraud is a federal case and out of local jurisdiction. Immigration fraud is 100% federal and local law enforcement has no authority on that matter.

go buy your bag of whatever you have been smoking and try not to get pulled over on the way home.

-- Posted by IIVIIy Name Is on Fri, May 15, 2009, at 1:00 AM

Keep it real Ashley and keep it clean one day at a time. Addiction is real and it is a disease. I wonder if clgruener will be judged as harshly as they have judged, wow I hope not. Prayers to all! Both of these guys have been in trouble since I was 13, I have now been in and out of addiction. NA has saved my life, my self esteem and my soul. I am 100% a different person then what I was 3 1/2 years and 2 days ago and that is because I put down the straw, hit me knees and picked up a white key tag!

-- Posted by ibclean76@yahoo.com on Fri, May 15, 2009, at 9:16 AM


I just wanted to tell you it is finally nice to read a comment that has such a happy ending. I admire and respect you so very much for taking the responsibility and realizing that YOU are the only that can change the way your life was heading. I am also happy to see that you realized that your family support is what helped you through this tough time in your life. I am not so sure that some people on here really understand the true meaning of addication. Maybe if they would take the time to understand they would not be so judgemental. Being a mother to a son that has an addication (as you know once an addict, always an addict) and going through every step with him because he is so worth it, I understand. I have paid the money I have helped him do the things he needs to do to have a drug free life. I have paid taxes since I started working when I was 15 years old. My son has also held a job and paid taxes. I am proud to be almost 43 and have a son that has thanked me more times than I can count in this past year for being a mother that did not walk away. It was so hard sometimes to hang on because it hurt so much to know that my son did not have the power to walk away. He has now been clean for 19 months :) :) and I am so very proud of him for that. He now understands that when he had family that loved and care about him and was willing to go down this very, very long and tough road with him he was worth every step we all made with him. As far as some people on here being so judgemental I just have to wonder if they would feel the same way if they themselves or a close family member they really loved became an addict. I'm pretty sure it would be a whole different story then. No one in this crazy thing we call life is perfect, if they are I want to meet them.

Again I just want to say I am very, very proud of you for turning your life around and making your families lives brighter for surving.

Keep fighting the temptation and the cravings that are there everyday and may you have a very blessed and fullfilling life with your children and family.

-- Posted by IndyBklyn99 on Thu, May 21, 2009, at 11:10 PM

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