Assistance to stranded motorist, ends in drug arrest

A Bartholomew County deputy’s stop to help a stranded motorist, ended up leading to a drug arrest for the driver.

The sheriff’s department is reporting that a deputy pulled his patrol car beside a vehicle with an open hood at about 11:04 p.m. last night. The deputy stopped to offer assistance but found out that the driver, 41-year-old Tamara Watkins of North Vernon, had two outstanding warrants for her arrest.

A search of the vehicle also allegedly revealed methamphetamine, syringes, a legend drug and several pieces of drug paraphernalia.

In addition to the outstanding warrants and preliminary possession charges, she is also facing a charge of false informing, according to the sheriff’s department.