Miami County, IN – An Indianapolis woman is facing charges of Operating While Intoxicated, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia after being stopped for speeding on US Route 31 south of CR 1200 N. by an Indiana State Trooper on March 31, 2019, at approximately 7:18 p.m.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Indiana State Police Trooper Abigail Russell, Shadawn Quinn, 37 of Indianapolis was stopped after Trooper Russel used lidar to determine that Quinn’s 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander was traveling 75 miles per hour in a 60 mile per hour zone.
Upon stopping the vehicle and making contact with the driver, Trooper Russell could immediately detect the odor of marijuana and a strong odor of baby powder that seemed to be trying to mask the marijuana smell. Ms. Quinn was then identified by her driver’s license. She appeared nervous and was breathing rapidly. Trooper Russell also noted that Ms. Quinn’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy.
Trooper Russell returned to her vehicle to run a check of Ms. Quinn’s license and registration. She also requested a Miami County Deputy to assist her with the traffic stop. She then returned to the passenger side of the vehicle to obtain the identification from the passenger. The front passenger window would not roll down, so Ms. Quinn rolled down the rear passenger window. Trooper Russell noted the smell of marijuana appeared to be less strong on the passenger side of the vehicle.
Trooper Russell then asked Ms. Quinn if there was anything in the vehicle that she should be aware of and informed the occupants of the vehicle that she could smell marijuana. Ms. Quinn then admitted to having a few blunt ends inside the driver’s side door.
Deputy Nate Freeman of the Miami County Sheriff’s Department arrived on scene to assist. Trooper Russell then had Ms. Quinn, her male passenger, and three children step out of the vehicle. Upon speaking with Ms. Quinn outside of the vehicle, Trooper Russell could smell the odor of marijuana coming from her breath.
Quinn stated that she had smoked marijuana right before they had left South Bend. A search of Ms. Quinn did not locate any evidence.
A search of the vehicle resulted in the location of the burnt ends in the driver’s side door where Ms. Quinn stated they would be. These items would field test positive for marijuana. An unsmoked joint was also located inside the door.
Trooper Russell also located a Pepsi bottle in the center cup holder containing several blunts which had recently been put out since there was still smoke lingering in the bottle. A fountain drink cup also contained three burnt ended.
Inside the center console, a digital scale was located with a plant like residue.
Ms. Quinn was then consented to a series of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. Following these tests, she was read Indiana Implied consent and agreed to a chemical test. She was then placed into custody and transported to Dukes Memorial Hospital for a blood draw. The blood draw was completed at 8:05 p.m.
Shadawn Quinn, 37, of Indianapolis, IN was then transported to the Miami County Jail on charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia and Operating While Intoxicated. She was also issued a warning for her speed which was the initial reason for the traffic stop.
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