Miami County, IN – A traffic stop conducted by the Indiana State Police on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, resulted in the arrest of a South Bend man on multiple charges.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, ISP Trooper T.J. Zeiser was conducting a patrol on US Route 31 northbound near County Road 450 N. at approximately 9:58 a.m. when he observed two vehicles also traveling north in front of his police vehicle. As he followed the vehicles, both moved to the left lane where Zeiser was able to pace them between 70-72 miles per hour for approximately one mile. When the operator of one of the vehicles saw Trooper Zeiser, he quickly braked and moved to the right lane of the highway. Zeiser then pulled up next to the vehicle to see if the driver was wearing a seatbelt. As he did this, he observed the driver look away and somewhat shield his face, acting as if he was trying to hide his identity. Trooper Zeiser then pulled back behind the vehicle and activated his emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop just north of County Road 550 N.
Upon speaking with the driver, the man advised that he did not have his license with him and he acted very nervous. The man further advised that the car was a rental and that he didn’t have any paperwork with him. The man continued to act nervous looking around the vehicle. Trooper Zeiser also detected the odor of marijuana emitting from the car. As a result, he walked to the rear of the vehicle and requested another unit come to assist.
While talking with Trooper Zeiser, the man provided two different names for his identification. After giving the second name, Trooper Zeiser indicated in his report that he felt the suspect was still not being honest. The man was then asked to step outside the vehicle. Once outside of the vehicle, the man was placed in handcuffs and was told he was being detained until things were sorted out. The driver was also advised that Zeiser had detected the odor of marijuana and asked if there was any marijuana in the car. The man refused to answer the question. He was then advised of his rights and secured in the back of the State Police vehicle.
ISP Officers Michael Meiser and Adam Moor arrived on scene to assist. A search of the vehicle resulted in the location of a black shoebox in the trunk that contained two large plastic bags that contained multiple smaller plastic bags that all contained a green plant substance. There was also a gym bag that contained male clothing, personal items, and a partial box of plastic sandwich bags. This box also contained a digital scale with green plant residue on it. Trooper Moor and Trooper Meiser located an open cigar package that contained a green plant material that had the distinct odor of marijuana. The evidence was transported to the Peru ISP Post where it was field tested with a positive result for THC. The total weight was 13 ounces.
The driver was again asked for his name and he refused to answer. Eventually, he admitted that his name was Thomas Jermaine Hursey, 21 of South Bend, IN. It was then learned that Mr. Hursey was wanted on active arrest warrants out of Bartholomew and Hamilton Counties.
Thomas Jermaine Hursey, 21 of South Bend was then transported to the Miami County Jail. He faces charges of Possession of Marijuana, Dealing Marijuana, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, and ID Deception.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.