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Peru, IN – Deputy Tyler J. Jenkins of the Miami County Sheriff’s Department arrested Ronaldo Sebastian Gaspar, 28 of Rantoul, IL on a charge of Operating While Intoxicated on September 12, 2019, at approximately 10:53 p.m. near the intersection of US Route 24 and State Road 19 in Miami County.

According to a Miami County Sheriff’s Department probable cause affidavit, Miami County Central Dispatch put out a call at approximately 10:45 p.m. on September 12th of a possibly intoxicated driver westbound on US Route 24 in a dark-colored passenger vehicle approaching State Road 19. Deputy Jenkins responded to the call leaving the sheriff’s Department parking lot and traveling to US Route 24 via Mexico Rd.

When Deputy Jenkins arrived at US Route 24 and State Road 19, he observed a black in color passenger vehicle stopped in the westbound US 24 passing lane. Jenkins then crossed over to the westbound lane to check on the stopped vehicle. As he was approaching the area, the vehicle went southbound on State Road 19. Jenkins attempted to locate the vehicle by going south on State Road 19, he then observed the same vehicle heading back north from the area of Life Rd.

Jenkins noted that the rear bumper was hanging off the vehicle due to it being damaged. Deputy Jenkins was then able to turn around and get behind the black passenger vehicle. It pulled over to the shoulder of the roadway and stopped before he activated his emergency lights.

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Peru, IN - Over a 25-day period, the Peru Police Department issued 48 traffic citations, 40 warnings, and made 18 arrests as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization. Of these arrests, 6 were for misdemeanor charges of operating while intoxicated and 3 were felony charges. Sergeant Mike Vinopal, who recently became a Drug Recognition Expert, made 1 arrest for operating while intoxicated on a controlled substance.

About 230 Indiana law-enforcement agencies joined thousands nationwide to increase roving patrols, saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is supported with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds distributed by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

“Highly visible, data-driven traffic enforcement has been proven to deter impaired driving,” said Officer Keith Smith. “Our commitment to enforcing the law and saving lives continues throughout the year.”

In every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. In Indiana, drivers under 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to 1 year.

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Peru, IN - The Peru Police Department and the Miami County Sheriff’s Office are teaming up this weekend to target impaired drivers in Peru and throughout Miami County. Officers will conduct a multi-jurisdictional sobriety checkpoint on the weekend of September 21st during the nighttime hours.

Throughout the weekend, officers will conduct roving saturation patrols to aggressively seek out and arrest impaired drivers. The purpose of these patrols and of the sobriety checkpoint is to prevent intoxicated people from getting behind the wheel and to remove impaired drivers from our roadways before they cause unnecessary harm to innocent victims.

Officer Keith Smith (PPD) and Sergeant Tyler Jenkins (MCSO) planned this checkpoint with the safety of Miami County citizens in mind. They remind you to always designate a sober driver before going out. Take care of your friends; if someone tries to drive while intoxicated, take their keys and help find them a safe ride home. If you believe you are behind an impaired driver on the roadway, call 911 immediately.

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Arrest photo of Penny Hinkle, 53 of Kempton, IN

Peru, IN -Penny Hinkle, 53 of Kempton, IN is facing a charge of Theft, a Class A Misdemeanor following her arrest on August 23, 2019, for shoplifting three items form the 58 East Boutique in Peru.

According to a Peru Police Department probable cause affidavit, PPD Officer Andrew Doran was dispatched to the 58 East Boutique on July 27, 2019, at approximately 2:02 p.m. Doren was advised by the owner of the Boutique that two women came into the shop on Saturday, July 27th at approximately 1:57 p.m. One of the women in a blue shirt was seen grabbing three items separately and placing them in her purse. The items were all “Willow Tree” brand items and included a box worth $19.99, a statue holding a Lilly for $19.99 and a family statue with a mother, father, and child worth $25.00. The women then left the store without paying for anything. The total value of the three items taken was approximately $64.98.

On August 13, 2019, Officer Doran retrieved the store video and had it as well as still pictures of the lady in the blue shirt placed on the Peru Police Department’s Facebook page for the public’s assistance in identifying the female subject. You can view the video below:

Arrest photo of Robby Emery, 30 of Denver, IN

Peru, IN – A traffic stop conducted on Thursday, September 5, 2019, at approximately 7:09 p.m. resulted in the arrest of Robby Emery, 30 of Denver on a charge of Possession of Methamphetamine.

According to a Peru Police Department probable cause affidavit, Emery was a passenger in a Green in color SUV that was stopped after being observed near the intersection of Main and Lincoln Streets for following too close to the vehicle in front of it. The traffic stop was conducted by PPD officer Brok A. Westfall.

The driver’s name was redacted from the report by the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office. While speaking with the driver and Mr. Emery, Officer Westfall noted that Emery had labored breathing, shaky hands and appeared to be seating.

Arrest photo of Steven Higgins, 64 of Peru

Peru, IN - Steven Higgins, 64, of Peru, was arrested by Peru Police Department on a charge of Operating While Intoxicated on Saturday, September 7, 2019, at approximately 8:56 p.m. after a caller reported nearly being hit by a motorcycle driving at a high rate of speed.

According to a PPD probable cause affidavit filed by PPD Sergeant Samantha Raber central dispatch advised of a motorcycle driving at a high rate of speed and it almost hit a caller. After pulling out of the Peru Police Department lot, Raber reported seeing a male on a motorcycle in the turn lane to head south on Broadway.

Raber followed the motorcycle south onto Broadway stopping at the light at 2nd and Broadway. When the light turned green, the motorcycle began to take off, driving way left crossing the center line and almost dumping the bike. Raber continued to follow the motorcycle as it turned west at Franklin and Broadway. Again, the motorcycle turned into the opposite lane of travel, coming near the curb of the other lane and almost dumping the bike.

Sergeant Raber then conducted a traffic stop for the rider and the public’s safety near the intersections of Franklin and Broadway. The driver of the bike was later identified as Steven Higgins, 64 of Peru. Higgins came to a stop using the curb to balance himself.

Arrest photos of Seth Coffman, 37, of Kokomo and Justin Hicks, 28 of Peru

Peru, IN – A traffic stop conducted by PPD Officer Shawn Swinford on Thursday, August 26, 2019, resulted in the arrest of two men on drug charges and a third on a Cass County Warrant.

According to a Peru Police probable cause affidavit, Officer Swinford was on patrol eastbound on 2nd Street from Miami Street when he observed a blue passenger car proceeding east on 2nd Street approaching the stoplight at Broadway. The vehicle became stationary at the light with no turn signal activated. When the light turned green, the vehicle then proceeded to turn left on to Broadway and then activated a left turn signal.

Officer Swinford followed the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Broadway and 3rd Streets.

The driver was then identified as thirty-seven-year-old Seth Coffman of Kokomo, IN. Mr. Coffman was made aware of the reason for the stop. There were two other occupants of the vehicle. Twenty-eight-year-old Justin Hicks of Peru and a third subject whose name was redacted from the report by the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office.