Three people were arrested in Anderson on felony charges after the SUV they were traveling in was stopped for failing to signal a turn.
Indiana State Police Trooper Jacob Ridgway was traveling south on Raible Ave. around 8 p.m. Sunday when, near 16th St., he saw a northbound green Chevrolet SUV drive left of center as it drove towards him.
Ridgway turned his fully marked police car around and got behind the vehicle and observed that it failed to signal a turn into a business lot. Ridgway stopped the vehicle and made contact with the male driver, Jessi Cooper, 32, of Anderson, and his three passengers. Troopers Garcia and Burns were nearby and came to assist, along with Anderson P.D. K-9 Officer Willis.
Officer Willis walked his K-9 partner, “Duke,” around the outside of the SUV and the dog indicated the presence of contraband in the vehicle. Further investigation by the officers discovered baggies containing Methamphetamine, pills identified to be Hydrocodone, Xanax, Klonopin and Suboxone, along with marijuana and self-loading debit cards.
A back seat passenger, Brandon Bridenthal, 38, of Anderson, was arrested and charged with Dealing Methamphetamine, Level 2 Felony; Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 3 Felony; Dealing a Narcotic Drug, Level 5 Felony: Dealing a Controlled Substance, Level 5 Felony; Possession of Narcotic Drug, Level 6 Felony; Possession of a Controlled Substance Level 6 Felony and Violation of the Legend Drug Act, Level 6 Felony.
The driver Jessi Cooper was found to be wanted on a warrant for Battery, “A” misdemeanor, and was also charged with Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Level 6 Felony. He was issued a ticket for Driving While License Suspended. After marijuana was found on his person at the Madison County Jail, Cooper was also charged with Trafficking with an Inmate, Level 5 Felony.
The front seat passenger, Samantha Cline, 28, of Anderson, was found to be wanted on a felony warrant from Hancock County for Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe, and also Misdemeanor Possession of Paraphernalia.
All three subjects were lodged in the Madison County Jail. A third passenger was released at the scene.