ISP Troopers stay busy during “The World’s Greatest College Weekend”

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BLOOMINGTON – Troopers at the Bloomington Post stayed busy over the Little 500 Weekend, documenting 22 OWI’s and nearly 100 criminal arrests, 20 of which were felonies.

Troopers handed out hundreds of traffic citations and assisted the Bloomington Police Department, Ellettsville Police Department and the Indiana University Police Department throughout the three day stretch, April 19 – 21.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Sgt. Greg Day conducted a traffic stop along the I69/SR37 construction zone, north of Bloomington.  After immediately detecting indicators of criminal activity, the truck was discovered to have been entered as a stolen vehicle by IMPD. It was also found the driver had given a false name and information during the investigation.  He was found to be wanted on an active warrant out of Johnson County and was a habitual traffic violator.  Sgt. Day arrested the suspect for possession of stolen vehicle, habitual traffic violator, false informing, ID deception, and the criminal warrant.
  • After conducting a traffic stop along the I69/SR37 construction zone, Trp. Chris Griggs detected the odor of marijuana.  An investigation revealed two occupants were in possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.
  •  Trp. Allen Deel conducted a traffic stop along Walnut Street and detected indicators of criminal activity.  He discovered the driver to be in possession of marijuana.  A consensual blood draw was obtained and the driver was arrested for possession of marijuana and OWI on a controlled substance.
  • Sgt. Greg Day and Sgt. Brian Beauchamp conducted a traffic stop along Old SR37, near Cascades Park.  Indicators of criminal activity were observed and the odor of marijuana was detected.  A subsequent investigation resulted in finding one male passenger to be in possession of a syringe.  A female passenger was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, syringes, marijuana, controlled substance pills, and drug paraphernalia.  Sgt. Day arrested both suspects for multiple drug related offenses.
  • Trp. Zach Parker conducted a traffic stop along College Avenue and detected indicators of criminal activity.  His investigation revealed methamphetamine, marijuana, and paraphernalia.
  • Sgt. Greg Day observed an intoxicated 18-year-old male screaming and attempting to fight another male.  After several loud verbal commands to calm him down, the male continued his behavior.  Sgt. Day then attempted to escort the male away from the scene, however, the suspect tried to strike Sgt. Day. While being taken into custody, the suspect spat on Sgt. Day.  The male was then arrested on numerous charges including battery on a police officer, battery by bodily fluids, resisting law enforcement, disorderly conduct, and illegal consumption.
  • Trp. Matt Hatchett conducted a traffic stop along College Avenue.  While speaking with the driver, Trp. Hatchett observed marijuana on the driver's clothing. His investigation revealed marijuana and a consensual blood draw was obtained.  The suspect was arrested for possession of marijuana and OWI with a controlled substance.
  • Trp. Richard Klun conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling 102mph on I69.  He cited the driver for reckless driving.
  • Trp. Ian Matthews conducted a traffic stop along the I69/SR37 construction zone and detected indicators of criminal activity.  Trp. Richard Klun arrived and deployed his canine, Loki, who gave a positive alert on the vehicle.  The investigation resulted in recovering methamphetamine, marijuana, syringes, drug paraphernalia, and counterfeit US currency.  In addition, one of the passengers was found to be wanted on an active warrant out of Monroe County.  Trp. Matthews arrested all three occupants on numerous criminal offenses.
  • Trp. Zachary Parker conducted a traffic stop at Rogers and 11th Street.  He detected indicators of criminal activity and requested a K9 Officer to the scene. Trp. Richard Klun deployed his canine, Loki, who gave a positive alert on the vehicle.  The investigation resulted in the recovery of methamphetamine, syringes, and paraphernalia.  Trp. Parker arrested the male suspect for multiple drug related offenses.
  • Trp. Riley Nungester conducted a traffic stop along the I69/SR37 construction zone, near Arlington Road. After detecting the odor of raw marijuana, his investigation revealed over an ounce of marijuana and a handgun.  Trp. Nungester arrested the suspect for the possession of marijuana and possession of a handgun without a permit.
  • Trp. Caleb Garvin conducted a traffic stop along SR 46 and discovered the back seat passenger was wanted on an active warrant through Elkhart County.  Trp. Garvin arrested him without incident.
  • Trp. Wyatt Phillips conducted a traffic stop along SR 37 and smelled the odor of marijuana.  The driver was also found to be driving on a suspended prior license.  The investigation revealed one occupant was in possession of marijuana. 
  • Trp. Wyatt Phillips conducted a traffic stop along SR37 and detected indicators of criminal activity.  A female occupant was found to be violating a protective order, while a male occupant was found to be in possession of marijuana.
  • Several troopers responded to Ellettsville where they assisted Ellettsville PD with dispersing a large party of several hundred patrons.  Troopers provided scene security, helped direct traffic, and conducted traffic patrols in the area.
  • Numerous troopers responded to a bar downtown with Bloomington PD after receiving reports of shots being fired at a large party.  One male was shot in the buttocks.  Troopers assisted with scene security and crowd control while BPD officers and detectives worked the investigation.