2 charged after Ferdinand suspicious vehicle call

From Local Sources


FERDINAND — Two men were charged with methamphetamine and paraphernalia possession after a report to police of a suspicious vehicle Sunday in Ferdinand.

The 1:03 p.m. report indicated an older, black Toyota was sitting at the apartment complex at 624 W. Ninth St. with two occupants inside the vehicle. The temperature at the time was 85 degrees but one of the men was wearing a black hooded jacket when Ferdinand Police Department officers arrived.

Police recognized one of the men as Alan D. Bleemel Jr., 26, 633 W. Ninth St., Ferdinand, who was wanted on active warrants. After advising Bleemel of the warrant issue, police said, he was handcuffed and removed from the vehicle.

Shortly thereafter, police reported, Bleemel was overcome by the heat and required medical assistance. He was transported to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center and later jailed after being treated.

Dubois County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived and assisted with the removal of the owner and driver of the Toyota, Joshua R. Cummins, 31, 314 W. Ninth St., Jasper.

Police said both men appeared to be under the influence of some sort of stimulant.

A survey of the nearby area resulted in officers finding a small bag of a powdery substance that field tested positive as methamphetamine. Deputies also located drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services also assisted.

Bleemel and Cummins are being charged with Level 6 felony counts of methamphetamine possession and misdemeanor counts of possession of paraphernalia.

Bleemel’s active warrants included a Dubois Circuit Court case in which he is charged with two counts of Level 6 felony intimidation and misdemeanor harassment after an alleged incident in May involving female complainants that was investigated by the Jasper Police Department.

Another warrant in Dubois Superior Court charges Bleemel with Level 6 felony resisting law enforcement and misdemeanor reckless driving and driving while suspended for a March 28 incident investigated by the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office that began with a report that a pickup truck believed to be driven by Bleemel was doing burnouts at the Dubois County 4-H Fairgrounds. Deputies located the truck on State Road 162 just south of Jasper but the driver sped from police, running red lights and almost causing several accidents before deputies broke off the pursuit due to the reckless nature of Bleemel’s alleged driving.

Other warrants involved failure to appear for a revocation hearing in a felony resisting law enforcement case, and a failure to appear for hearings in two suspended driving cases.

After appearing in court Monday, Bleemel remains lodged at the Dubois County Security Center.

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