Converse, IN – Thirty-year-old Ashley Spoonhoward of Marion is facing charges of Operating While Intoxicated – Endangering, Operating While Intoxicated – Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of Narcotic Drug following a traffic stop in Converse on January 11, 2019, at approximately 1:38 p.m.
According to an Indiana State Police Report of Arrest, Ms. Spoonhoward was operating a blue 2012 Chevrolet westbound on State Road 18 approaching Jefferson Street. ISP Trooper Steven Glass observed that Ms. Spoonhoward was not wearing a seat belt correctly and that she failed to signal a northbound turn onto Jefferson Street.
Upon stopping the vehicle and identifying the driver, Trooper Glass detected the strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. He also observed Spoonhoward to have glassy/bloodshot eyes with slowed and slurred speech.
Upon explaining to Ms. Spoonhoward that he could smell burnt marijuana, she reached down on the passenger side floorboard and handed Trooper Glass a brown cigarillo containing plant-like material. This “blunt” would field test positive for marijuana.
Based on his training and experience, Trooper Glass believed Spoonhoward to be intoxicated. She was read her rights and was willing to speak with Trooper Glass.
Spoonhoward admitted there were several bags of heroin residue inside the vehicle and that she had just smoked marijuana approximately 20 minutes prior to the stop and had injected heroin the night before. A search of the vehicle turned up several plastic bags with residue that field tested positive for heroin.
Trooper Glass also located a silver spoon that tested positive for heroin residue. The spoon was burnt on the underside.
The vehicle was then towed from the scene while Ms. Spoonhoward was transported to Dukes Memorial Hospital for standardized field sobriety tests and a certified blood draw.
Following the tests, she was transported to the Miami County Jail.
Ashley Spoonhoward, 30 of Marion, IN faces charges of Operating While Intoxicated – Endangering, Operating While Intoxicated – Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of Narcotic Drug
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