Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office News Release (November 22, 2012):
Deputies of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office along with members of the Evansville Police Department and Indiana State Police conducted a sobriety checkpoint on First Ave and Lohoff Avenue on November 21, 2012. The checkpoint ran from 11:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. A total of 76 motorists passed through the checkpoint. 1 driver was cited for driving on a suspended license. 6 drivers were given filed sobriety tests. Though they had been consuming alcohol, none were arrested for operating while intoxicated.
One person was arrested for dealing in Salvia or synthetic cannabinoid. Derrick A. Meredith was a passenger in a car that entered the checkpoint. As deputies approached the car, they observed Meredith to have plastic baggies in his lap. Mr. Meredith tried to conceal one of the bags under his seat. Deputies retrieved a large clear plastic bag from under the seat which contained 10 smaller individual bags with synthetic cannabinoids inside. The total weight of the drugs was 15 grams. Mr Meredith was placed under arrest and transported to the Vanderburgh County Confinement Center. He is being held without bond pending an initial court appearance.
The sheriff's office will continue saturation patrols through the holiday weekend looking for aggressive drivers as well as impaired drivers.
Derrick A. Meredith, 27 years old, of Evansville
Dealing in Synthetic Cannabinoid - Class D Felony