A Bedford teenager was charged with numerous drug related felonies after being pulled over just outside of Loogootee Saturday morning.
Arrested and Charged was Garret W.S. Diehl, 18, Bedford, IN.
He was charged with:
– Operating While Intoxicated – Minor Passenger in the Vehicle, Level 6 Felony
– Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Level 6 Felony
– Neglect of a Dependent, Level 6 Felony
– Possession of Marijuana, Class B Misdemeanor
– Operating While Intoxicated – Controlled Substance, Class C Misdemeanor
– Possession of Paraphernalia, Class C Misdemeanor
Around 8:30 A.M. Saturday, Senior Trooper Jarrod Lents observed a black Toyota Avalon traveling eastbound on US 50 near Church Street.
The Toyota was traveling with the passenger wheels across the fog line, almost touching the grass.
Lents turned around behind the Toyota and followed it to observe additional driving behaviors; he later observed the vehicle cross over the center line and back over the white fog line numerous times. Lents pulled the Toyota over on US 50, west of Hart Road.
While speaking to the driver, Lents could smell the odor of alcoholic beverages coming from within the vehicle.
Lents learned that Diehl and his 16 year old passenger had left a party in Bloomington and were trying to return home to Bedford, but had become lost.
Further investigation by Lents led him to determine that Diehl and smoked marijuana and taken Xanex only hours before being pulled over. A search of the car by Lents unveiled a metal grinder with what was believed to be marijuana inside.
Martin County Deputies transported the 16 year old passenger to the jail to await the child’s mother to pick him up. The minor was summoned into court for possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
Lents transported Diehl to the Daviess Community Hospital, where he presumably tested positive for having THC and benzodiazepines in his body. Diehl was transported back to the Martin County Jail where he was lodged, without incident, on charges of operating while intoxicated with a minor passenger in the vehicle, maintaining a common nuisance, and neglect of a dependent, all Level 6 Felonies.