Traffic stops often to lead to more than just traffic infractions.
Early Tuesday morning, Trooper Kyle Taylor was patrolling SR39 in Washington County along with Officer Ginkins and K9 Lenny from the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.
Trooper Taylor stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction, however, he soon observed indications of possible criminal activity.
The investigation continued when K9 Lenny alerted on the vehicle. The subsequent search located suspected methamphetamine as well as a stolen handgun. The primary suspect did not have a handgun permit but was also a convicted felon.
As a result, both occupants were arrested on multiple charges and remanded into the Washington County Jail.
Later that same day, Trooper Andrew Taylor (no relation) was patrolling in Clark County on I-65 and stopped a vehicle for an expired license plate.
The traffic stop evolved into a criminal investigation when the driver was found to be wanted on five warrants out of Clark and Floyd Counties. Neither occupant had a valid driver’s license. The passenger was later found to possess more than 21 grams of suspected methamphetamine as well as marijuana.
Trooper Kyle Taylor arrests:
Thomas Seebold, 49, Louisville, KY: Possession of Stolen Handgun – Level 6 Felony, Possession of Methamphetamine – Level 6 Felony,Maintaining a Common Nuisance – Level 6 Felony, and Carrying a Handgun without License – A Misdemeanor.
Brianna Robertson, 24, Salem, IN: Possession of Methamphetamine – Level 6 Felony, and Visiting a Common Nuisance – B Misdemeanor.
Trooper Andrew Taylor Arrests:
Victoria S. LaMaster, 26, New Albany, IN: Possession of Methamphetamine – Level 4 Felony, Trafficking with an Inmate – Level 5 Felony, Possession of a Syringe – Level 6 Felony, Possession of Marijuana- Class B Misdemeanor.
Trevor A. Money, 30, New Albany, IN: Driving While Suspended Prior – Class A Misdemeanor, Five separate Warrants out of Floyd and Clark Counties, including Possession of Methamphetamine and Driving While Suspended Prior.