05/27/14 Last Thursday night about 11:30 Bourbon Officer Matt Cottrill was on routine patrol when he observed a vehicle driving east on Center Street at a very low speed. Because of his experience as a police officer he knew that impaired drivers will often-times drive very slowly in order to compensate for their lack of visual clarity. After following and clocking them at 15 MPH in a 35 MPH speed zone and due to the fact that the car had a taillight that wasn’t working he conducted a traffic stop on Old US 30 just east of Shells Incorporated.
When Officer Cottrill approached the vehicle he saw that there were three males in the car. When the driver rolled down the window the odor of burnt marijuana came from the interior of the vehicle.
Although none of them had identification, they said they were18 year old Austin Tucker from Etna Green, 19 year old Bernard Warrick Jr. from Tippecanoe, and a 17 year old juvenile.
Tucker had never been issued a driver’s license and Warrick and the juvenile were both on probation.
Officer Cottrill saw a green leafy substance scattered over Warrick’s lap and center console.
Marshall County Police Officer Brown arrived on the scene and watched the suspects while Officer Cottrill searched the vehicle. He located a black pipe with burnt marijuana in it, a green octopus pipe with green marijuana in it and a clear plastic baggy containing 3.3 grams of a green leafy substance which later tested positive as marijuana.
Austin Tucker was booked into the Marshall County Jail for Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License and possession of marijuana. His bond was set at $1,505.
Bernard Warrick was arrested and booked for possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. His bond was set at $3,005.
The juvenile was taken to the Bourbon Police Department where his mother came and picked him up. He will be charged with possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and a curfew violation.
The vehicle was impounded and towed to Reichert’s Towing in Bourbon.