Women arrested after Ferdinand traffic stop

From Local Sources

FERDINAND — Police took two women into custody after a Wednesday evening traffic stop in Ferdinand.

Samantha Brown

The Ferdinand Police Department stopped a 2018 Dodge Journey at 7:40 p.m. after an officer observed it disregard a stop sign at 23rd Street and Industrial Park Road.

During the traffic stop, the officer detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

The driver, Brittany D. Jennings, 25, Lamar, was transported to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center for a chemical test that showed Jennings had marijuana in her system, according to police.

Passenger, Samantha N. Brown, 22, Troy, had her two small children along in the car, according to police.

After additional investigation, Brown was taken into custody and her children were placed into the care of Child Protective Services.

Authorities booked Jennings into the Dubois County Security Center at 9:44 p.m. on preliminary misdemeanor counts of operating while intoxicated (drugs), possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Brown was booked into the security center at 10:43 p.m. on a preliminary Level 6 felony count of neglect of a dependent and preliminary misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. She posted bond Thursday afternoon.

Police had the Dodge towed to Berg’s Garage.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and a Berg’s Garage wrecker also assisted.

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