Miami County, IN – An Indianapolis woman is facing charges of Operating A Vehicle While Intoxicated-Controlled Substance and Possession Of Marijuana following a traffic stop conducted by Indiana State Police on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.
According to an Indiana State Police Report of Arrest obtained from the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, Trooper Andrew Smith was on a routine patrol traveling northbound on US Route 31 near Logansport Road at approximately 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, when he observed a 2012 Ford Fusion in front of him also traveling northbound. The vehicle was observed traveling in the left (passing) lane for approximately one mile. The Ford was not passing any other vehicles and failed to merge into the right (driving) lane. As a result, Trooper Smith activated his emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop.
The driver was identified as thirty-one-year-old LeAndrea M. Morrison of Indianapolis. She was informed of the reason for the stop and she admitted the infraction and stated she did not know about the left lane law. As Trooper Smith was speaking with the driver, he could smell the strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Morrison denied that there was any marijuana in the vehicle but admitted that her brother had borrowed the car earlier and had smoked. Trooper Smith observed Ms. Morrison as having “glassy, bloodshot eyes and slowed speech.” He also noted that her responses to his questions were slow and seemed confused.
Trooper Smith returned to his ISP vehicle to run a check on Morrison’s driver’s license as Trooper Steven Glass arrived shortly after to assist. Smith began a search of the vehicle while Trooper Glass spoke with Ms. Morrison. During the search, Trooper Glass advised that Morrison had suspected marijuana inside her mouth. Trooper Smith went to speak with Morrison who then spit out approximately four grams of suspected marijuana. The plant material would later field test positive for marijuana and was placed into evidence.
Morrison agreed to speak with Officers after having her Miranda warning read to her. She stated that she planned on getting rid of the marijuana due to being pulled over. She was then informed that destruction of evidence is a felony in the State of Indiana. No other controlled substances were found inside the vehicle as a result of the search.
Morrison was then given the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. Morrisons results indicated some impairment. Officers also conducted a DRE Drug Influence Evaluation test by obtaining a sample of blood that was sent to the Indiana State Police Regional Laboratory for further evaluation.
LeAndrea Morrison, 31 of Indianapolis was transported to the Miami County Jail on charges of Operating While Intoxicated – Controlled Substance and Possession of Marijuana.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.