Peru, IN – A traffic stop conducted in the area of West 6th Street and North Miami Street on Sunday, April 21, 2019, at approximately 1:44 a.m. resulted in the arrest of a Kokomo man on charges of Driving While Suspended, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Marijuana.
According to a PPD probable cause affidavit, Officer Wyrick observed a black Chrysler 300 fail to signal a turn 200 feet from the intersection. Due to this infraction, Officer Wyrick activated his emergency lights and initiated a traffic stop just north of the intersection of at North Miami Street and West 6th Street.
Upon stopping the vehicle, Officer Wyrick noted that the temporary plate showed it expired on April 15. 2019.
After being advised of the reason or the stop, the driver, later identified as Richard Guge, 31, of Kokomo argued the validity of the stop stating the law is within 100 feet.
According to his report, Officer Wyrick noted that Mr. Guge was observed to be “sweating, speaking rapidly and having bruxism which can be associated with recreational drug use.
When asked for his driver’s license, Mr. Guge stated that his license was suspended. He then verbally identified himself as Richard L. Guge.
While Officer Wyrick ran a license and warrant check, he also requested PPD Officer Brindle to be en-route with his K9 partner Darro.
Upon their arrival, Officer Brindle used his K9 to conduct a “free air sniff” around the vehicle with the K9 having a change of behavior that indicated the presence of drugs inside the suspect vehicle.
Mr. Guge was asked to exit the vehicle. A search of his person did not locate anything of evidentiary value. A search of the vehicle also resulted in nothing being located.
Officer Brindle then performed a secondary search of Mr. Guge due to his making suspicious movements. A bag of a green leafy plant like substance was located in Mr. Guge’s underwear. Upon this discovery, Mr. Guge exclaimed to officers, “it’s just marijuana!” The bag would later test positive for marijuana and weighed 5.0 grams.
During this search, a wadded-up piece of white paper fell to the ground from Guge’s underwear. This paper contained a white crystalline substance which would later field test positive for methamphetamine and weighed approximately 6.0 grams.
Mr. Guge became upset and angry with the officers. He began yelling out that officers “raped him”. He was then placed in a police vehicle. He continued to yell.
Mr. Guge’s girlfriend was contacted and took possession of the vehicle.
Richard Guge, 31, of Kokomo, IN was then transported to the Miami County Jail on charges of Driving While Suspended-Prior, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana.
While in route to the jail, Mr. Guge continued to be verbally assaultive towards Officer Wyrick, claiming that all officers involved were rapists.
Upon arrival at the jail, Guge was verbally assaultive to jail staff. He was placed in a padded cell and eventually in the restraint chair due to his behavior.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.