A Richland man was jailed Monday afternoon after being in possession of synthetic drugs and fighting with officers.

Brandon L. Pruden, 21, of  3894 North Harrison Street, Richland, IN, is in jail and charged with Possession of a Synthetic Drug, Class A Misdemeanor and Resisting Law Enforcement, Class A Misdemeanor.


Around 3:15 Central Time this afternoon, Trooper Kaitlyn Greene and Master Trooper Trey Lytton assisted Rockport Police Officer Brandon Dickson on a report of a suspicious driver stopped at the intersection of County Road 200 West and County Road 25 North, just west of Rockport.

Officers observed that the driver, Pruden, was slumped over the wheel of his maroon Toyota Highlander SUV.

Troopers Greene and Lytton observed Pruden in a very disoriented state and with plant material on his clothing. When troopers asked Pruden to step out of the vehicle, he refused and physically pulled away from the troopers. Troopers Greene and Lytton forced Pruden from the vehicle, at which point Pruden continued to resist officers and fought with them. Pruden was eventually taken into custody after being tased by a Spencer County Deputy.

Pruden was found to be in possession of synthetic marijuana. He was transported and lodged in the Spencer County Jail, without further incident, on charges of possession of synthetic marijuana and resisting law enforcement.