Officials are requesting additional charges of class A felony possession of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a public park and class A felony possession with intent to deliver (dealing meth) be filed against Shawn Anthony Weddle, 37, Brazil, and Jeffrey Grigsby, 46, Terre Haute.
Weddle and Grigsby are currently incarcerated at the Clay County Justice Center for their involvement in a police pursuit after avoiding arrest Tuesday.
Around 2:30 p.m., officers of the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Brazil City Police Department, Indiana State Police and the U.S. Marshals Service attempted to enclose Weddle's Ford pick-up truck with police cruisers to make an arrest in an area near Walnut and Kruzan streets. He allegedly accelerated head-on at one of the sheriff's department vehicles and then veered toward a vehicle driven by a deputy U.S. Marshal.
Before officials could get their vehicles turned around to pursue, Weddle fled north on Walnut Street a few blocks before turning west on Robinson, where his 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. He drove around the basketball court, sliding on the grass and came to a stop a few feet from the swing sets (which officials confirm there were people present) located on the north side of the park as officers began to arrived on the scene.
Officials obtained a search warrant for Weddle's Ford pick-up truck left behind in Babe Wheeler Park. During the search, investigators allegedly found more than 12 grams of methamphetamine inside the truck.
Facing a $50,000 cash bond (with no 10 percent allowed), Weddle was initially booked on arrest warrant charges of two counts of class B dealing in methamphetamine, two counts of maintaining a common nuisance and one count of possession of methamphetamine and an additional felony charge of resisting law enforcement, misdemeanor resisting law enforcement and child endangerment.
Grigsby was booked in for initial preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement and visiting a common nuisance. Because Grigsby is reportedly on parole through the Indiana Department of Correction after serving time for a charge of dealing cocaine or a narcotic drug, jail officials are holding him without bond while further information can be obtained from the IDOC.