Traffic stop nets 2 drug arrests

Police say investigation ongoing, SUV driving on wrong side of road

Two Jackson County residents were arrested early Thursday on various drug-related charges after a traffic stop in the Crothersville area.

Victoria E. Autenrieb, 27, of Seymour was booked into the jail in Brownstown on Level 6 felony charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, possession of a controlled substance and violation of the Legend Drug Act, while Jeffrey D. Tatlock, 34, of Seymour was booked into the jail on a Level 3 felony charge of dealing in methamphetamine and Level 6 felony charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.

A female passenger in the 1996 GMC Jimmy driven by Autenreib was not arrested, but the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are possible, according to a news release from Jackson County Officer Mark D. Holt.

Holt said the traffic stop that led to the arrests began when he saw a sport utility vehicle going westbound in the eastbound lane in the 12000 block of East County Road 600S.

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Holt said the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Autenrieb, attempted to turn north into several yards before finally turning onto West Street in Crothersville. Autenrieb continued to drive west on West Street even after Holt activated his emergency lights, he said.

Holt said Autenrieb eventually stopped driving and the three occupants of the vehicle acted nervous while he was talking to them. He said none of their stories matched about their direction of travel or why they were trying to turn where there were no driveways or intersections.

Holt said he also saw pills lying on the rear floorboard of the vehicle.

Autenrieb later told police she had taken pain medication for back pain before driving but had obtained the medication without a prescription.

During a search of the vehicle, Holt said he and Crothersville Officer J.L. McElfresh found Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Alpradlam pills and 8 grams of methamphetamine along with items used to measure and distribute illegal drugs.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at jrutherford@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.