JENNINGS COUNTY

Jennings County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a North Vernon man on a charge of possession of methamphetamine after being sent to Lovett Township about a suspicious vehicle.

Christopher O. May, 25, North Vernon, was arrested about 1:40 p.m. Saturday on a charge of possessing 3.5 grams of methamphetamine which has an approximate value of $350, said Lt. Mike Mowery, sheriff’s department spokesman.

Deputies Kevin Hall and Tom Mellencamp were dispatched to County Road 350E in Lovett Township where Hall located the vehicle, a gray 2015 Ford Focus, and followed it for a short distance, Mowery said.

Hall then followed the vehicle as it pulled into a driveway on County Road 500S, near County Road 350E, Mowery said.

May told deputies he stopped at a house down the road and asked the homeowner for an air pump for his car tire and then returned to where he stopped because that is where he lives.

While talking to May, Hall discovered that May did not have a valid driver’s license, Mowery said. After receiving permission to search the vehicle, Hall found the methamphetamine inside a plastic bag and drug paraphernalia in May’s vehicle.

May was taken to the Jennings County Jail, but on the way there, he threatened a deputy, Mowery said.

When checking the home on County Road 350E, deputies were told by the homeowner that May was standing on the porch because he saw deputies patrolling in the area, Mowery said. The homeowner opened his door and asked what May wanted, and May told him he needed water for his radiator, Mowery said. The homeowner gave May directions to the nearest gas station.

In addition to the felony possession of methamphetamine charge, May is also accused of felony intimidation and misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia, Mowery said. May was also cited for not having a driver’s license, Mowery said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.