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11/14/2017 - Indianapolis Woman faces Drug Possession and Theft Charges
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On November 8th at approximately 7:09 pm, Greensburg Police Department Officer Chris Bridges observed a female walking through the gravel lot of storage units located on South Monfort Street. Officer Bridges investigated further due to recent thefts and drug activity in the area.
After making contact with the female, identified as Jayley Hill, she stated that she was waiting on a ride to Indianapolis. After confirming Hill's identification, Officer Bridges observed Hill displaying unusual body language. When asked, Hill stated that she had nothing illegal on her.
Officer Bridges asked Hill for permission to conduct a search. Hill responded that "there was no reason to search her and that she didn't want to be searched." Officer Bridges asked Hill if she had a gun and informed her that he would conduct a pat down due to officer safety concerns and a prior case regarding a stolen handgun with Hill's boyfriend. At that point, Hill stated that she had a gun on her.
Officer Bridges then asked for assisting officers, with Officer Eric Lusk and Officer Dave Wilson arriving on the scene. Hill was placed into handcuffs and advised that she was being detained for officer safety concerns and further investigation.
Officer Bridges noted that Hill had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. Hill admitted to having one beer. He then asked Hill if she had a legal permit to carry a handgun. Hill responded that she did not have a permit.
During a search, officers discovered:
-a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber handgun black in color in Hill's front right vest pocket.
-One silver and black magazine with one .40 caliber round located on her chest in the middle being held by her bra.
-left vest pocket contained a crumbled/rolled up brown paper bag containing a corner cut baggie with a white powder residue that later field tested positive for methamphetamine.
Officer Bridges checked the serial number on the handgun and discovered that it had been reported stolen from Shelby County. Officer Bridges then advised Hill of her Miranda rights.
After transporting Hill to the Decatur County Jail, Officer Bridges advised her that she should let him know if she had any illegal items on her. Hill lifted her shirt and a plastic tied corner baggie fell to the ground. The baggie contained a white crystal like substance that later field tested positive for methamphetamine. Hill was then released to jail staff.
Jayley Hill, 19 of Indianapolis faces allegations of:
-Possession of Methamphetamine (level 6 felony)
-Theft (level 6 felony)
-Carrying a handgun without a license (class A misdemeanor)
-Minor consuming alcoholic beverage (class C misdemeanor)
Hill was charged in Superior Court on November 9th.
Under the law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Tom Flemming-WTRE News
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