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I-74 road rage incident results in drug charges against Franklin woman

A case of road rage landed a Johnson County woman in jail.

On Friday, Indiana State troopers arrested a woman on drug and other charges following a road rage incident involving a handgun on I-74 in Ripley and Dearborn counties.

The incident began about 11 a.m. Troopers received a report of a road rage incident on I-74 westbound near the Indiana/Ohio state line. The witness reported that the driver of a Kia passenger vehicle had allegedly pointed a handgun at them while traveling on I-74. Master Troopers Randel Miller and Jason Hankins observed for the vehicle and soon located it near Batesville.

During a traffic stop on the vehicle, troopers became suspicious of additional criminal activity. K-9 Bosco was deployed on the vehicle and alerted to the odor of illegal drugs in the vehicle. During a search, troopers located approximately four grams of methamphetamine, five grams of marijuana, and a 9 mm handgun. 

The driver, Lisa Marie Hancock, 50, of Franklin, was arrested on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine with a firearm, Level 5 Felony, Pointing a Firearm, Level 6 Felony, Reckless Driving, Class A Misdemeanor, and Possession of Marijuana, Class B Misdemeanor. 

She was transported to the Ripley County Jail pending an initial court appearance in the Ripley County Circuit Court.

The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Batesville Police Department.