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Miami County, IN - Officers from the Peru Police Department and deputies from the Miami County Sheriff's Department will be joining together to conduct a DUI checkpoint this weekend.

During the late evening hours on Friday, September 14th, 2018 local law enforcement agencies will be conducting a DUI sobriety checkpoint in Peru. The checkpoint will aim to detect impaired drivers on our roadways to ensure everyone can reach their destinations safely.

The sobriety checkpoint will add a minimal delay to your regular schedule. When entering a checkpoint, you can make your encounter more speedy by ensuring you have your driver's license and vehicle registration ready. Officers will briefly check these documents while observing for signs of driver impairment.

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Peru, IN - Over a 24-day period, the Peru Police Department issued 73 traffic citations and made 24 arrests during the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization. Of these arrests, 10 people were arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

About 230 Indiana law-enforcement agencies joined thousands nationwide to increase roving patrols, saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is supported with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds distributed by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

“Highly visible, data-driven traffic enforcement such as this has been proven to deter impaired driving,” said Officer Keith Smith, the department’s Operation Pull Over coordinator. “Our commitment to enforcing the law and saving lives continues throughout the year.”

Arrest photo of Ronnie Banks III, 18, of Peru

Peru, IN – Eighteen-year-old Ronnie Banks III faces multiple charges after he sped away after being released from a traffic stop late Tuesday night.

According to Peru Police Chief Mike Meeks, PPD Sergeant Brindle stopped Mr. Banks on Chili Avenue between Jefferson and Madison due to a brake light out on the vehicle he was operating. After informing Banks of the reason for the stop and checking his driver’s license, Brindle utilized his K9 partner Darro for a free air sniff around the perimeter of Banks’ vehicle. The K9 had a change of behavior that indicated the possible presence of drugs inside the car.

Banks was asked to step out of the vehicle and he initially refused, becoming verbally abusive to Officer Brindle. After being asked several more times, Banks exited the vehicle and was searched. He continued to be verbally abusive towards officers and was disturbing several people in the neighborhood who were now standing outside watching the incident.

After a search of Banks and his vehicle uncovered no illegal drugs, he was issued a citation for the brake light and was told he was free to go. At this point, Banks returned to his vehicle, slammed the door and took off at a high rate of speed. Officer Brindle and his police vehicle were struck by gravel that Banks’ vehicle kicked up as he left the scene. Brindle returned to his police vehicle and activated his emergency lights to pursue Banks.

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MARTINSVILLE, IN – Gov. Eric J. Holcomb yesterday announced his infrastructure agenda plan for 2019, including a new $1 billion investment in infrastructure projects. The Next Level Connections program will expand broadband services in rural Indiana, grow the state’s systems of trails, create more nonstop international flights, and move up the completion of major highway projects. The state also will continue to pursue building a new fourth water port at Lawrenceburg and expansion of rail projects in northwest Indiana.

“Today we’re sending a big message to the world that Indiana is making a huge investment in our quality of life and for those who aspire to join us,” said Holcomb. “We are linking Hoosiers to each other and to the world.”

Arrest photo of Mason T. Zimmer, 28, Peru

Peru, IN - On Sunday, September 2nd, the Peru Police Department was made aware of a possible inappropriate relationship between a Peru Community Schools teacher and a teenage student. Through the initial investigation, it was learned that this inappropriate contact was via social media. PPD investigators also learned of a possible sexual relationship between the former Peru High School teacher, now Peru Junior High School teacher, and the Peru High School student.

On September 4th, the Peru Police Department notified the Peru Community Schools administration of the allegation against the teacher.

The teacher was interviewed by PPD investigators involving his contact via social media and sexual involvement with the student. The teacher confessed to the social media contacts as well as the sexual relationship he had with the student. At this point, there is no evidence that indicates that any sexual contact occurred on school grounds.

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UPDATE:  Silver Alert 044-2018 issued on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, on Herbert F. Sullivan has been canceled as of Wednesday, September 05, 2018 at 11:13 AM  We have reached out to the Sheriff's Department to learn more and are awaiting a callback.  


A Statewide Silver Alert has been declared, repeating, a Statewide Silver Alert has been declared.

The Miami County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the disappearance of an adult from Peru, Indiana. Peru, Indiana is 83 miles north of Indianapolis.

Herbert F. Sullivan is a 61-year-old white male, 6 feet 3 inches tall, 265 pounds, gray hair, and green eyes.

He was last seen Monday, September 3, 2018, at 7:00 am in Peru, Indiana and is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance.

If you have any information on Herbert F. Sullivan, contact the Miami County Sheriff’s Department at 765-473-5474 or 911.

This concludes this Silver Alert.

Arrest photo of Michael Mills, 37, of Peru

Peru, IN – A Peru man was arrested on multiple charges after Peru Police Officers responded to a report of a physical fight in the 400 block of West Main Street last Friday, August 24, 2018.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by PPD Officer Brok Westfall with the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, Westfall and other officers were dispatched to a fight between Michael J. Mills, 37 of Peru and another subject whose name was redacted from the report by the Prosecutor’s Office. The call was dispatched at approximately 8:54 p.m. last Friday. Westfall’s report indicated that he had already been looking for Mr. Mills prior to being dispatched to the fight due to Mills matching the description of an intoxicated male subject walking his dog in the area. Mills had reportedly pulled a bottle of whiskey from his pants pocket and drank from it while speaking with a person who later notified police of the encounter.

Mills was located by Westfall on W. Main on a sidewalk on the west side of a residence along Union Street. He was still engaged in a verbal argument with another subject. Officer Westfall advised both subject to separate and stop arguing. According to his report, Mills advised Officer Westfall that “they were on private property and that I couldn’t do anything.” Mills was advised by Westfall that he was on a public sidewalk. Mr. Mills then started to reach his right hand into his pocket. When Westfall advised Mills to stop, Mills stated: “If I had a gun you would already be dead.”

Arrest photo of Damian Phelps, 31, Peru

Peru, IN - On Thursday night, officers of the Peru Police Department and Indiana Parole arrested Damian Phelps, 31, Peru on charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Syringe and Resisting Law Enforcement.

At approximately 10:04 pm Sergeant Samantha Raber was contacted by an Indiana Parole officer and was advised that they were looking for Damian Phelps, who had an active warrant for violating parole. The Parole Officer advised Sergeant Raber that Mr. Phelps was to be in the area of the 150 block of Washington Avenue. Sergeant Raber located him exited her patrol car and began to speak with him.

While confirming the warrant was still active, Mr. Phelps began to reach into his back waistband area and into his pockets. After being told to keep his hands out of his pockets, he again attempted to put his hands back into them. Sergeant Raber conducted a pat down of Mr. Phelps to see if he had any weapons on him. In the process, she felt an object in his pants pocket that she believed to be marijuana. After asking what the object what, he slapped her hand away and began to run. After ordering Mr. Phelps to stop, and his not complying, Sergeant Raber released K9 Fargo from her police car.