Arrest photo of Joseph Cunningham, 45 of Peru

Peru, IN – A traffic stop on a man riding a moped resulted in his arrest on drug charges last Sunday, February 3, 2019, at approximately 2:41 a.m. in the area of 3rd and Water Streets.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by PPD Officer Jeremy Brindle, Joseph Cunningham, 45 of Peru was stopped while operating a moped for failing to signal before making a turn in to the alley on Water between 3rd and 2nd Streets.

After stopping the moped, Officer Brindle identified the driver from prior incidents as Joseph Cunningham, 45 of Peru. While asking Cunningham for his identification and registration, Officer Brindle noticed that Cunningham was sweating profusely. The outside temperature at the time was between 30 and 40 degrees.

Officer Brindle then took note of Mr. Cunningham’s eyes, which according to the report were “extremely dilated when introduced to light.”

After conducting a warrant search on Mr. Cunningham, Officer Brindle deployed his K9 partner Darro to conduct a “free air sniff” around the suspect vehicle with the dog having a change of behavior on the driver’s seat area of the moped.

A search of Mr. Cunningham would follow with Officer Brindle locating a clear plastic bag that contained a crystal-like substance that would later field test positive as methamphetamine with an approximate weight of 5 grams.

Mr. Cunningham was placed under arrest and his moped was released to his wife who was now on scene.

Joseph Cunningham, 45 of Peru was then transported to the Miami County Jail to face charges of Possession of Methamphetamine. He was released to jail staff without incident.

All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.