Canadian County Sheriff's deputies arrested two Indiana men on drug and gun related complaints, after a woman reported seeing them exposing themselves to her while driving on the interstate.
According to the Sheriff's office, early Wednesday morning, a woman called deputies to report that an older blue van with an Indiana license plate was tailgating her, pulling up along-side of her and swerving into her lane. The woman said the two men inside the vehicle exposed their body parts to her and “flipped her off.”
A deputy responded to the scene and caught up with the van. He stopped the van after it appeared to be exiting the Interstate at exit 128 without signaling, and then suddenly veering back onto the Interstate.
The driver of the vehicle, later identified as 33-year-old Jeremy Tyler Ferrell of Indianapolis, said he had swerved because he was sleepy. The passenger in the van was identified as 37-year-old Ronald Eugene Jenkins II, also from Indianapolis.
According to the Sheriff's office, while the initial deputy was on scene interviewing the driver, another deputy arrived and ran a drug dog around the vehicle, obtaining positive alert to the odor of narcotics.
Deputies then searched the van and found about a dozen small plastic containers possessing about a quarter pound of marijuana, as well as both liquid and hard forms of the drug Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main mind-altering ingredient of the cannabis plant.
"This incident serves as the perfect example of how a simple call for assistance can lead to a serious felony arrest. I want to encourage every citizen to pick up the phone and call if they need us," said Randall Edwards, Canadian County Sheriff.
In addition to the illegal drug, deputies said they also found drug paraphernalia and two handguns in the vehicle. They retrieved a .40 caliber semi-automatic Glock and a .22 caliber Cobra ENT Derringer from under the front seats of the vehicle.
Deputies said they later determined that Ferrell is a registered sex offender with a history of assault and child molestation. His Driver License had been suspended in Indiana.
Jenkins, deputies said, did not have a criminal record.
"You never know who you're dealing with, and I'm really glad this didn't develop into an assault on the side of the road where a woman had been beaten and left for dead," said Edwards.
Ferrell and Jenkins were taken into custody and booked to the Canadian County Jail on drug and gun related charges. Additionally, Ferrell was charged with driving under suspension.
Ferrell and Jenkins remain in custody with bond set at $31,500 and $31,000 respectively, according to the Sheriff's office.
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