Peru, IN – Tony Quinn, 28 of Peru is facing charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of a Syringe following a traffic stop conducted by the Peru Police Department at State Road 19 and US Route 24 on February 15, 2019.
According to a probable cause affidavit, PPD Officer Jeremy Brindle was driving an unmarked Police vehicle traveling eastbound on US 24 approaching Broadway when he noticed a vehicle directly in front of his police vehicle. According to Brindle, that vehicle was weaving within its own lane and as the vehicle crossed the intersection of US Route 24 and Broadway, the driver’s side tires crossed over the center line.
Brindle continued to follow the suspect vehicle eastbound and then northbound onto State Road 19, which is where Brindle activated his emergency lights to conduct the traffic stop.
After advising the driver of the reason for the stop, Officer Brindle then recognized the front seat passenger as Tony A. Quinn, 28, of Peru. When asked for identification, Mr. Quinn reported that he didn’t have any and identified himself as “Isaiah Hall”. While speaking with the driver, Mr. Quinn kept reaching down towards his left front pocket.
Other PPD Officers arrived on scene and Officer Brindle then deployed his K9 partner Darro to conduct a “free air sniff” around the suspect vehicle. The K9 had a change of behavior on the front driver’s side door.
Due to Tony reaching down towards his pocket, he was removed from the vehicle first. This time when asked for his name, the man put his head down and stated that his name was Tony. When asked why he had lied before, he stated that he thought he had a warrant out for his arrest.
A search of Mr. Quinn would result in the location of a small plastic bag found in his coin pocket. The clear bag contained a peach colored tablet. The tablet was cut into small pieces and Officer Brindle was unable to identify it. Inside his left front pants pocket was a piece of foil folded up that held a small amount of a green leafy substance. This substance field tested positive for marijuana. Also, inside the left front pants pocket, Officer Brindle located a syringe.
Mr. Quinn advised that the syringe was not his. He reported that his friend was using the syringe to inject narcotics and that he took the syringe from his friend and placed it in his pocket.
Tony Quinn, 28 of Peru was then advised that he was under arrest for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of a Syringe. He was then transported to the Miami County Jail without additional incident.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.