Photo of Austin Kitchel, 32, of rural Kokomo

Early Wednesday morning Miami County Sheriff’s Department Deputies arrested Austin Kitchel, 32, of rural Kokomo, who had broken into a car and then fallen asleep.

According to the Probable Cause Affidavit filed with the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, Deputy Nathan Freeman and Deputy Chet Sites were dispatched to the Maple Lawn Mobile Home Park located at 12948 S. US Route 31, Kokomo on a report of a male subject going through vehicles.

At approximately 12:33 a.m. Wednesday morning Deputies located a red, 2013 Dodge with its flashers and alarm activated. A man, who appeared to be asleep, was found slumped over in the front seat with the doors closed and locked. The owner of the Dodge was able to unlock the car and disable the alarm using a remote-control device.

Upon opening the door, Deputy Freeman directed the man to exit the vehicle. The man was slow to wake up and respond to directions. After exiting the vehicle, the man was searched and two handguns were found on his person. One handgun was in the right pocket of the jacket he was wearing and the other in the waistband of his blue jeans. During the search, the Deputy also located a hard-round object in the front right pocket of the subject’s blue jeans. The item was removed and discovered to be a large, round black case that contained a white crystal substance. The substance was field tested with a positive result for methamphetamine. The drugs weighed approximately 9.5 grams.

The owner of the car confirmed that Kitchel did not have permission to be inside her vehicle. Miami County Central Dispatch informed Deputy Freeman that Kitchel’s handgun permit expired in 2015 and was no longer valid.

Austin Kitchel was arrested on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine (F5), Unauthorized Entry to a Motor Vehicle, and Carrying a Handgun Without a License.

After being medically cleared by Medics from Dukes Memorial Hospital, Kitchel was transported to the Miami County Jail without further incident.

All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a Court of Law.