Peru, IN – Earl Vanhoose, 48 of Peru is facing charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia following a traffic stop conducted at the Intersection of Wayne and Main Streets in Peru on January 23, 2019, at approximately 5:42 p.m.
According to Officer Brok Westfall’s probable cause affidavit, He observed the blue passenger vehicle stop at the stop sign at Water and 5th Streets where a male wearing a blue hoodie got into the front passenger seat of the vehicle. The car then activated its turn signal and proceeded east on 5th Street with Officer Westfall following. The vehicle then turned south onto Wayne Street and disregarded the stop sign at Wayne and Main Streets.
Officer Westfall activated his emergency lights and conducted the stop. While speaking with the male driver, whose name is redacted from the report by the prosecutor’s office, Officer Westfall requested Sergeant Raber to assist with the stop. The male passenger was then identified as forty-eight-year-old Earl Vanhoose of Peru.
Upon her arrival, Sergeant Raber utilized her K9 partner Fargo to conduct a “free air sniff” around the car with the K9’s behaviour indicating the presence of drugs inside the car.
While searching Mr. Vanhoose, he started to blade his left side away from Officer Westfall and started to reach towards his left front pocket. Officer Westfall instructed Mr. Vanhoose to keep his hands on the vehicle.
In Mr. Vanhoose’s left front pants pocket, Officer Westfall located a red cigarette package. In the cellophane packaging between the cigarette package, was a tied plastic bag that contained a white powdery substance.
Mr. Vanhoose was then placed into handcuffs and read his rights. While continuing the search of Mr. Vanhoose, he started to jerk away from Officer Westfall and stated, “it's in my Hoodie pocket.” Mr. Vanhoose was advised not to jerk away.
Officer Westfall then located a dark colored soft sunglasses case that held a clear glass smoking device with a white residue.
When asked what the white powdery substance was, Mr. Vanhoose replied that Officer Westfall already knew what it was.
When Sergeant Raber started advised Mr. Vanhoose to walk towards Officer Westfall’s police vehicle, he became verbally combative towards officers. He continued to be verbally abusive after being placed in the police vehicle and was calling officers names.
Officer Westfall transported Mr. Vanhoose to the Miami County Jail. While en-route to the jail, Vanhoose stated that maybe this will help him get clean. He also continued to be verbally combative with Officer Westfall.
The white powdery substance would field test positive for methamphetamine and weighed approximately .3 grams.
The driver of the vehicle was issued a written warning and released from the scene.
Earl Vanhoose, 48 of Peru faces charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.