Deputies of the Clay County Sheriff's Department had a hectic early Monday morning, arresting a Brazil man for drug allegations after failing to stop for a traffic stop and, in a separate incident, arresting three young men for allegedly attempting to steal a dirt bike.
Shortly after midnight, a CCSD deputy attempted to pull over a vehicle driven by Jeffrey R. Stetler, 39, Brazil, traveling on County Road 500 West for a traffic violation, but the driver refused to stop.
Stetler -- apparently ignoring the initial officer and those who were following as backup -- continued driving until he reached the driveway of his residence located on CR 1015 N. When he got out of the car, Stetler became verbally abrasive and initially "squared off" with the deputies, but he was taken into custody without incident.
During a "pat-down" search, deputies discovered approximately $2,000 in cash, a handgun and an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine on Stetler's person. He was transported and booked into to the Clay County Justice Center on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement, carrying a handgun without a permit and possession of methamphetamine.
While waiting to obtain a search warrant for Stetler's residence, officials were tipped off by a concerned citizen reporting three juveniles attempting to steal a dirt bike from a truck parked in front of a home in the area.
Familiar with the area, a deputy left Stetler's residence and went to find the juveniles.
Using the vehicle description provided by the tipster, the deputy was able to locate and follow the suspects as they traveled south until they turned down a dead-end road.
Lewis Klayton Kratzer, 18, Vigo County, and two juvenile males -- a 17- and a 14-year-old -- one from Clay County and the other from Vigo County, were taken into custody without incident.
Kratzer was preliminarily charged with theft, trespassing and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, while the two minors were detained at CCJC, cited with allegations of juvenile delinquency and then released into the custody of their parents.
Meanwhile, officers discovered an undisclosed amount of guns, drug paraphernalia and Methamphetamine during the search of Stetler's residence.
Although Stetler and Kratzer's paperwork is still being processed as of press time, both cases are currently being reviewed by the Clay County Prosecutor's Office before formal court proceedings are scheduled.