911 call results in felony charges for driver
What began as a report to 911 as a possible drunk driver ended in the arrest of a Louisville woman on multiple felony drug charges.
Around 1:20 a.m. on Oct. 1, Harrison County dispatchers received and dispatched information on a possible drunk driver headed east on Interstate 64 approaching the Corydon exit. A caller said the driver was in a black passenger car with a Kentucky license plate.
Indiana State Police trooper Nathaniel Newton responded to the area and soon observed a vehicle matching the description exit on to S.R. 135 at Corydon. While following the car, Newton observed the vehicle weaving from side to side and making improper lane changes.
Newton then stopped the driver, identified at Angela T. Debella, 33, of Louisville, near Federal Drive.
As Newton conducted the traffic stop and investigation, Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Evans and his K-9 partner, Fynn, arrived to assist. K-9 Fynn alerted to the presence of controlled substances in the vehicle, and Newton subsequently searched the car, locating nearly 15 grams of suspected methamphetamine as well as more than two grams of suspected heroin with fentanyl, Xanax and Alprazolam pills, more than 31 grams of marijuana, hypodermic needles and various items of paraphernalia.
Debella, who also had more than $5,600 in U.S. currency in her possession, was arrested and transported to the Harrison County Jail without incident. She was charged with dealing methamphetamine, a Level 2 felony; possession of methamphetamine, a Level 3 felony; dealing a narcotic drug, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of hypodermic syringe, dealing in a controlled substance and possession of a legend drug, all Level 6 felonies; possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor; and possession of paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor.
The Indiana State Police expressed appreciation to the public for reporting suspected intoxicated drivers and reminds everyone that calls such as this often result in unrelated charges that would likely go undetected without the public’s help.