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[ISP] Five Arrested in Jennings County as a Result of Traffic Stops
Start Date: 4/15/2012
End Date: 4/15/2012
Entry Description

Jennings County: Yesterday Trooper Randel Miller was patrolling in Jennings County in a designated “high crash” zone when, through traffic stops for minor violations, resulted in criminal arrests sending five different individuals to jail.  At 9:16 a.m. he stopped 1988 Ford pickup truck on S.R. 7 for a traffic violation near the entrance to Country Squire Lakes. During the course of the traffic stop he observed various indicators of criminal activity.  After further investigation it was discovered the passenger, 37 year old Brad P. Lennon of North Vernon was in possession of methamphetamine and a controlled substance.  He also had an active warrant for his arrest out of Scott County for theft.  The driver, 43 year old John P. Blount of North Vernon was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and a controlled substance.  Both were transported to the Jennings County Jail.

At approximately 10:40 a.m. Tpr. Miller made another traffic stop on S.R. 7 near County Road 300N on a 1993 Jeep for an expired temporary registration plate.  The driver of the Jeep, 24 year old Harold Chaffin of North Vernon was found to be in possession of paraphernalia and was also operating a vehicle while never being licensed.  Chaffin was subsequently arrested transported to Jennings County
Jail.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. Tpr. Miller stopped a 2000 PT Cruiser on S.R. 7 near County Road 300N for a traffic violation.  During the course of the stop, Tpr. Miller learned the passenger in the vehicle, 47 year old Beverly Granger of North Vernon was wanted on a warrant out of Johnson County for theft.  Johnson was then transported to the Jennings County Jail.

At approximately 3:39 p.m. Tpr. Miller conducted yet another traffic stop on S.R. 7 near Country Squire Lakes of a 1997 Jeep Cherokee for a traffic violation.  During the course of the traffic stop Tpr. Miller suspected the driver, 57 year old Henry L. Schultz of North Vernon to be intoxicated.  After completion of the initial on-scene investigation, Schultz was transported to the Jennings County Jail were a breath test indicated his B.A.C. exceeded the .08 limit.  Schultz was subsequently charged with Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated.

Tpr. Miller was one of three Indiana State Troopers who attended criminal interdiction training last month in Oklahoma.  Tpr. Miller commented, “Jennings County Prosecutor Alan Marshall and Jackson County Prosecutor Rick Poynter sponsored three troopers to attend this training which is probably the best criminal interdiction training presented anywhere in the world.”

One component of the Indiana State Police Mission Statement says, “We will ensure public safety on our roadways with vigorous and directed traffic enforcement.”  Tpr. Miller was engaged in patrol on a roadway designated as a high crash area within the Versailles District, yet his traffic enforcement efforts led to other criminal violations which is often the case.  Many times traffic stops for seemingly minor violations lead to the discovery of more serious criminal offenses.

Persons arrested are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Contact Information:
Name: Sergeant Noel Houze
Phone: (812) 689-8011
Email: nhouze@isp.in.gov
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