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[ISP] Traffic Stop Yields Stolen Handgun and Drugs
Start Date: 3/11/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 3/11/2014
Entry Description
Vigo County—Last evening at 9:21, Indiana State Police Trooper Mike Finney stopped a maroon 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix for 50 miles-per-hour in a 40mph zone northbound on 3rd Street near Farrington Street in Terre Haute. The driver was identified as David Keith Rudisel of Terre Haute. A routine check of his driving record revealed Rudisel did not have a valid driver’s license. His front seat passenger was identified as Ashlee Marie Melvin of Terre Haute. A routine check of Melvin revealed an active warrant for Criminal Conversion out of Terre Haute City Court. Rudisel consented to a search of his vehicle and at the request of Trooper Finney, Vigo County Sheriff’s Deputy Kris Morris arrived with his K-9 partner “ Blitz”. “Blitz” displayed common indicators for illegal drugs in the vehicle, so Trooper Finney searched a backpack found in the back seat. Inside the backpack were a loaded black .45 caliber Kimber handgun, a fake Barbasol shaving cream can with approximately (10) grams of suspected marijuana and (7) small perpherated squares of paper believed to be a controlled substance. The squares of paper were sent to the ISP laboratory for analysis and the Kimber handgun was found to have been reported stolen from a Vigo County Reserve Deputy’s vehicle on January 10, 2013. Rudisel and Melvin were incarcerated in the Vigo County Jail.

Arrested: David Keith Rudisel, age 31, Terre Haute, IN.
Charges: Receiving Stolen Property (felony); Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Handgun
without a License, both misdemeanors.

Arrested: Ashlee Marie Melvin, age 30, Terre Haute, IN.
Charges: Terre Haute City warrant for Criminal Conversion

The case was investigated by ISP Trooper Mike Finney. Assisting were ISP Trooper David Petrowski and Vigo County Sheriff’s Deputy Kris Morris and K-9 “Blitz”.
Contact Information:
Name: Sgt. Joe Watts
Phone: 765-653-4114
Email: jwatts@isp.in.gov
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