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ISP traffic stop nets three arrests

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A traffic stop late Wednesday night led to the discovery of a large amount of marijuana and the arrest of three Terre Haute residents.

At approximately 11:52 p.m., Indiana State Police Trooper James Cruse initiated a traffic stop on a 2000 Kia for making an unsafe lane movement on United States 40, west of County Road 425 West.

While talking to the driver, Jonathan Brainard, 20, Terre Haute, Cruse detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana inside the vehicle.

When Brainard stepped out of his vehicle he handed Cruse a bag containing two plastic bags and several glass jars, all of which contained marijuana. A further search of the vehicle revealed digital scales under the driver's seat, a smoking pipe in the driver's door pocket and an additional jar containing marijuana on the floor near the front passenger's door. The total amount of marijuana weighed approximately 112 grams.

Further investigation revealed Brainard was under the influence of marijuana, while passenger Alexis D. Wyrick, 19, Terre Haute, had been consuming alcohol.

Brainard, Wyrick and a second passenger, Alan M. Strader, 18, Terre Haute, were all arrested and taken to the Clay County Justice Center.

Brainard has been preliminarily charged with class D felonies Possession of Marijuana over 30 grams and Maintaining a Common Nuisance, class A misdemeanors Driving under the Influence of a Schedule I or II Controlled Substance -- Endangering a Person and Possession of Paraphernalia, along with class C misdemeanor Driving under the Influence of a Schedule I or II Controlled Substance.

Wyrick received preliminary charges of class B misdemeanor Visiting a Common Nuisance and class C misdemeanor Minor Consumption of Alcohol, while Strader has been preliminarily charged with a class B misdemeanor Visiting a Common Nuisance.

Officials at the Clay County Justice Center confirmed to The Brazil Times all three individuals remain at the facility awaiting formal arraignment. Wyrick and Strader are both being held on $3,000 (no 10-percent allowed) bonds, while Brainard is held on a $7,000 (no 10-percent) bond.


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I'm sure they were just enjoying their lunch breaks from a tiring morning of work! Uh huh.

Good job, Trooper CRUSE!! Keep them coming!!

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 1:49 PM

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