Yesterday evening, Trooper Tracy Spencer of the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg stopped to assist what appeared to be simply, a broke down motorist.
However, the traffic stop yielded an arrest for a stolen vehicle and meth.
The vehicle, a black 2010 Ford Taurus, was parked on the emergency lane of Interstate #65 at the 12.0 Mile Marker South Bound in Clark County. When he spoke to the occupants, a female in the driver’s seat and a male subject outside of the car, he was informed they were out of gas and needed assistance.
Trooper Spencer ran a check on the vehicle and it returned stolen out of Louisville, KY.
The male subject, who was identified as Richard F. Shellman, 34, from Cedar Wood Drive in Louisville, KY, was placed into custody.
When Trooper Spencer attempted to gain the proper identity of the female, she claimed she did not have an identification card or driver’s license with her. She gave false information about her identity and it was later learned her name was Janice Marie Gonzalez, 26, from Powell Drive in Louisville, KY.
After she was placed into custody, a search of the vehicle yielded approximately 2.2 ounces of Methamphetamine.
Shellman and Gonzalez were incarcerated at the Clark County Jail. During a detailed search of Janice M. Gonzalez and her property at the Clark County Jail, a digital scale and two blue pills, alleged prescription pills, were located.
Gonzalez was charged with Dealing in Methamphetamine Over 3 Grams, Possession of Methamphetamine Over 3 Grams, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and False Informing.
Shellman was charged with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.