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Traffic stop leads to felony charges

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

A traffic stop for an expired license plate Wednesday evening ended with the arrest of a Kentucky man on a felony warrant and additional preliminary felony charges.

Around 6:45 pm. Wednesday, Indiana State Trooper Jacob Ridgway was sitting at the red light on Riley Road at S. Memorial Drive when he noticed that the vehicle in front of him had an expired Kentucky temporary license plate.

Ridgway reported that when the light turned green the vehicle didn’t move. After the light turned yellow, the vehicle turned south onto Memorial Drive.

Trooper Ridgway initiated a traffic stop at Memorial Drive and Blue River Drive.

The driver, Christopher Thurman, 35, of Louisville, Kentucky, reportedly told Ridgway he was in town to attend a court hearing for a previous arrest in Henry County.

Trooper Ridgway discovered that Thurman had a suspended license and was also wanted in Henry County on a felony warrant for credit card fraud.

Further investigation by state troopers reportedly found that Thurman was in possession of baggies containing Xanax, heroin and methadone.

Thurman was arrested and taken to Henry County Jail.

While at the jail, Indiana State Troopers discovered Thurman was in possession of credit cards in names other than his as well as a hypodermic syringe.

As of Thursday morning, Thurman was still in Henry County Jail on the felony warrant as well as preliminary charges of trafficking with an inmate, possession of a hypodermic syringe, possession of a legend drug, possession of a narcotic drug and maintaining a common nuisance.

Thurman is also facing preliminary charges of misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia.

The investigation into the credit cards is ongoing with further charges possible.