Couple arrested in Loogootee stop

From Local Sources


LOOGOOTEE — Police arrested and charged a man and a woman after a Loogootee traffic stop on Sunday, Nov. 10.

Martin County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy Josh Harmon was on patrol in Loogootee when he observed a vehicle commit multiple traffic violations at 4 p.m. Harmon initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and identified the driver as Joshua A. Phillips, 39, of Crane. His passenger was identified as Joselyn R. Souerdike, 22, of Loogootee.

Martin County Sheriff’s Office’s Corp. Tyler Reed and his K-9, Virka, along with Deputy Andrea Barnett and Loogootee Police Department Officer Case Cummings arrived on scene to assist.

Virka free-air sniff gave positive indication for the odor of narcotics. It was also discovered that Phillips and Souerdike had an active no contact order between the two of them, according to the sheriff’s office.

During a search of Souerdike at the scene, police said, she was discovered to have a controlled substance located inside her pocket. Souerdike and Phillips were transported to the Martin County Security Center without incident.

When Souerdike was searched inside the jail, police said, a bag containing a white crystal-like substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine was found, along with a syringe containing residue that also field tested positive for methamphetamine.
Souerdike has been charged with Level 6 felony possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a syringe, plus misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

Phillips was charged with Level 6 felony dealing in a controlled substance.

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