North Vernon Police had a busy day dealing with drug issues on Tuesday.
The department is reporting that officers pulled over a vehicle for a traffic infraction in the area of Brownstown Road and Noon Drive at 11:12 a.m. During the stop, police say that Matthew W. Schmitter, of Lexington, IN, and Sarah B. Thomas, of North Vernon, were arrested on charges of Unlawful Possession of Syringes and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Approximately 90-minutes later, officers responded to an overdose call at Walmart. Police say that James Porter, of North Vernon, was found to be unconscious and unresponsive. EMS were able to revive Porter, who was transported to St. Vincent Jennings and treated. Police say that once Porter was released from the hospital, he was arrested on charges of Possession of Syringes and Possession of Paraphernalia. They say that additional charges are possible.
That evening, North Vernon Police arrested three people on drug charges after a traffic stop Tuesday night. At 11:17 p.m., an officer reported stopping a vehicle in the area of North State Street after noticing that a headlight was out. During the stop, a K9 was alerted to the odor of narcotics in the vehicle. Officers reported finding drug paraphernalia and a small amount of heroin. Officers arrested 27-year-old Chad Stearns and 31-year-old Justin Richardson, both of North Vernon, on charges of Possession of Paraphernalia and 23-year-old Jarvie Williams, III, also of North Vernon, for Possession of Heroin.