A traffic stop last month leads to pending charges

This is in from Decatur County Sheriff Bill Meyerrose

On October 17, 2023, at approximately 9:15 p.m., Deputy Niculy Polley was
patrolling Decatur County, in support of the Driving While Intoxicated Task Force (DUI
TF) program as part of the Comprehensive Highway Injury Reduction Program (CHIRP).
CHIRP is a grant received by the Decatur County Traffic Safety Partnership from the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) through the Indiana Criminal
Justice Institute (ICJI). This grant focuses on traffic safety within our county.
Deputy Polley observed a vehicle westbound on I-74 near the 138 mile-marker,
traveling at a higher rate of speed than the posted 70 mph speed limit. Deputy Polley
activated his radar equipment and observed that the vehicle, a 2008 Dodge Avenger,
was traveling 102 mph.
Deputy Polley, assisted by a Greensburg Police Officer Joe Radcliff, conducted a
traffic stop near the 132 mile-marker. While conducting a roadside investigation the
odor of Marijuana was detected. After roadside interviews, it was determined that
items in the vehicle were possibly stolen from Kohl’s and another store in Cincinnati,
With assistance from the Decatur County Prosecutor’s Office, a search warrant
was requested and granted. During the investigation, 257 items (clothing, jewelry,
candles, and misc. items) were confiscated, totaling approximately $5,861.24.
Coordination with asset protection from Kohl’s and Ohio police departments is
still on going.
The female driver was issued a summons for Reckless Driving & Speeding. The
female driver and two female passengers were released from the scene.
During the investigation, it has been determined that Kanterria Hawkins had
given a false name and was the driver of the vehicle.
Preliminary charges of Level 6 Felony Theft and Level 6 Felony Identity Deception
have been filed on Ms. Hawkins.
Sheriff Bill Meyerrose stated that funding from the CHIRP grant provides funds
for Deputies and the St. Paul Town Marshal to work overtime on projects that help
reduce aggressive and/or dangerous driving behaviors that could result in accidents.
These funds, over the years, have resulted in numerous criminal cases. Funding also
provides valuable equipment in support of these projects and the day-to-day
The incident remains under investigation and all parties are presumed innocent
unless or until proven guilty in a court of law.

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