Report of suspicious vehicle ends in arrest

JACKSON TWP. — A Nelson Ridge Road man was arrested after police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle at a church on Oak Ridge Road.

Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Stargell reported in a probable cause affidavit that he arrived at the church at around midnight July 30 to find a gray car with three people inside in the parking lot.

The driver told Stargell the vehicle was overheating and they were sitting there to let it cool off. Stargell noticed the passengers were acting nervous and that one passenger’s eyes were bloodshot with dilated pupils.

Stargell asked the driver if there was anything illegal in the vehicle and she said that the only thing would be a red zipper bag that contained Tylenol in her purse.

The driver gave Stargell consent to search her vehicle. Sgt. Bill Southerland asked the backseat passenger, Jacob Ford, 19, if he had any marijuana on him and Ford told him he had smoked all of it, the affidavit said.

Southerland told Ford he saw a plastic baggie in his front shirt pocket. Ford looked at the baggie and put it back in his pocket. Southerland pulled it out and found a single marijuana bud in it.

While searching the vehicle with Stargell, Southerland found a plastic baggie with a clear, crystal-like substance in it. Ford told Stargell he found a shard of glass and put it in the bag.

Ford was arrested. The crystal substance was sent for testing.

On Aug. 8, Ford was charged with possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor.