Suspicious vehicle call leads to drug arrest

A report about a suspicious vehicle and a driver looking for help, led to the arrest of a North Vernon man on drug charges Saturday.

Jennings County deputies were called to County Road 350E at about 1:40 p.m. Saturday afternoon on a report of a suspicious vehicle, said Lt. Mike Mowery, spokesman for the sheriff’s department.

Deputies pulled over the vehicle and talked with the driver, 25-year-old Christopher O. May, of North Vernon. May said that he had stopped at a nearby house to ask for an air pump for a tire.  After deputies discovered that May did not have a valid drivers license, they asked for his permission to search the vehicle, where officers allegedly discovered about three and a half grams of methamphetamine inside a plastic bag and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

Deputies also spoke to the resident of a home who said that a man showed up on a porch asking for water for his car’s radiator. The resident suggested the man go to a nearby gas station.

On the way to jail, May also allegedly threatened a sheriff’s deputy. He is facing charges of possession of methamphetamine, intimidation, possession of drug paraphernalia and a citation for driving without a license.