Peru, IN – A fifty-four-year-old Fairmount woman is facing Charges of Operating While Intoxicated X2, Child Neglect X2, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia X2 following a traffic stop conducted in Peru on February 14, 2019, at the location of 5th and Godfroy.
According to a probable cause affidavit, PPD Sergeant Samantha Raber was traveling east on East 5th Street when she saw a vehicle stopped in the middle of the road at Godfroy. Once she got closer to the vehicle, she could see the front passenger wheel was sitting sideways. Sergeant Raber notified dispatch that she would be out with a disabled vehicle.
Sergeant Raber made contact with the driver of the 2018 gray Chevy who seemed upset. The female driver stated, “I know I hit something”. The driver was identified as fifty-four-year-old Cynthia Zirkle.
Ms. Zirkle was asked for her driver’s license and registration. At this point, Sergeant Raber could smell the strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Ms. Zirkle then handed Sergeant Raber a business card and was advised that this was not her license. She apologized and began searching again.
Sergeant Raber then noticed there were two children in the back seat of the vehicle with no seat belts on. Ms. Zirkle was asked why the children were not in their seat belts and she advised that she was just picking them up and forgot to put them on.
Other officers arrived on scene and located the other vehicle involved in the accident. A 2002 Pontiac with damage to the back-rear driver’s side.
Sergeant Raber then asked Ms. Zirkle to step out of the vehicle. She opened the door and Zirkle began to look around and seemed confused as to what she was being asked to do. Sergeant Raber asked her several more times to exit the vehicle and then had to help her step out of the vehicle.
According to the report, “Every request given to Cynthia had to be told to her multiple times before she would follow through with a task.”
After stepping out of the vehicle, a search was conducted of Ms. Zirkle with nothing being located. Officer Mooney then advised Ms. Zirkle of her rights, applied handcuffs and placed her in the backseat of a police vehicle.
A search of the vehicle was then conducted. Inside a pack of cigarettes, officers located three joints with a green leafy plant like substance inside. Inside a large multi-color handbag, officers located a glass smoking device containing burnt residue of a white crystal-like substance, a silver container that held four small plastic bags and a small plastic straw. Three of the plastic bags contained residue of a white crystal-like substance. The other plastic bag contained a white crystal rock-like substance that would later test positive for methamphetamine. A blue cloth like bag that held a large number of “roaches”, a zip-up pouch that held two small plastic straws that contained residue of a white powdery substance and four small plastic containers that held miscellaneous pills.
In total, there were approximately 1.06 grams of meth and approximately 4 grams of marijuana found in the vehicle.
Ms. Zirkle was taken to the Peru Police Department for field sobriety testing. Once complete, she was taken to Dukes Memorial Hospital for a blood draw. When asked about the items found in her car, Ms. Zirkle advised that the items were found while she and her girlfriend were cleaning out a garage and that she was going to throw the items away at a later date.
The children were transported to Dukes ER for Treatment and were later placed in the custody of the Department of Child Services.
Ms. Zirkle’s vehicle was towed from the scene.
Cynthia Zirkle, 54, of Fairmount, IN faces charges of Operating While Intoxicated X2, Child Neglect X2, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Paraphernalia X2.
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