Stranded Motorist Stop Leads to Arrest

Jennings County- Troopers with the Indiana State Police Versailles Post arrested a Greenwood man on felony drug and weapons charges Sunday.  The arrest occurred when troopers stopped to check the driver’s well-being after his vehicle stalled in the roadway.  

Around nine Sunday morning, Trooper Randal Miller and Probationary Trooper Tyler Busch observed a black Ford SUV stopped on the side of US 50 just west of North Vernon.  The vehicle partially blocked the eastbound lanes, so the troopers stopped to assist.  The driver, later identified as 33-year-old Christopher Spall of Greenwood, Indiana, stated he did not need any assistance; however, the troopers observed signs of possible drug activity in the vehicle.  Troopers then deployed K9 Bosco, who alerted to the odor of drugs coming from the car.  During a subsequent search of the SUV, officers located approximately 23 grams of suspected methamphetamine, a loaded AR-15-style rifle, marijuana, and paraphernalia.   

Jennings County Deputies Max Marcoux, Morgan Gabbard, and AJ Roney assisted the troopers during the stop.  Christopher Spall was transported to the Jennings County Jail and arrested on the following charges: 

  1. Possession of Methamphetamine with a firearm – Level 3 Felony.
  2. Possession of a Firearm by a Felon with Prior Conviction – Level 5 Felony.
  3. Possession of marijuana – Class B Misdemeanor.
  4. Possession of paraphernalia – Class C Misdemeanor.  

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