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Traffic stop, pursuit end in warrant arrest

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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Bradley A. Edwards
A recent traffic stop for speeding led to a two-county pursuit and arrest of a Brazil man for an outstanding arrest warrant.

According to officials, Bradley A. Edwards refused to stop for a Seelyville town marshal in the Seelyville area Sunday evening. When the vehicle pursuit entered Clay County, members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department assisted in the pursuit until it ended south of Lower Bloomington Road near the intersection of County Road 500 West.

After a brief foot pursuit, Edwards was taken into custody.

During a subsequent investigation and search of Edwards' truck, officers discovered several precursors in and near the vehicle.

Members of the Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team are investigating the evidence located at the scene to determine whether the items were part of an active meth lab.

Edwards was taken to the Clay County Justice Center to be held until authorities could file charges in Vigo County, where the pursuit began.

However, Edwards faces an outstanding arrest warrant in Clay County stemming from his alleged involvement in a stolen vehicle and methamphetamine lab discovered by authorities in February.

Edwards appeared by video conference in Clay Superior Court Monday.

The charges in the arrest warrant include one count of class B felony dealing in methamphetamine and four class D felony counts, including charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of chemical reagents or precursors with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, receiving stolen auto parts and theft.

Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers entered a preliminary plea of not guilty and appointed Clay County Public Defender Matthew Effner to represent Edwards in the case.

A jury trial was tentatively scheduled for July 25, and a cash bond was set at $25,000 with no 10 percent allowed.

Jail officials confirmed Edwards remains incarcerated at the CCJC while awaiting formal court proceedings in Vigo County. A search of criminal filings in Vigo County shows no charges have been filed against Edwards as of press time.


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Once again......

Good job CCSD!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 10:54 AM


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