Putnamville—For the third time in nearly two-weeks, troopers from the Putnamville Post again received aircraft assistance with speed enforcement efforts.
Indiana State Police Sergeant Lee Wright, from the ISP Aviation Section, again piloted his Cessna 172 Skyhawk to the Putnamville District, and joined forces with Putnamville District officers, Sergeant Jared Nicoson, and Troopers Jason Owen, Hans Nowak, Chuck Murphy, Brian Thomas, and Ian Portteus with K-9 “Czar”.
Patrolling high above State Road 63 in southern Vermillion County, Sgt. Wright would detect speeding vehicles below, utilizing his VASCAR (Visual Average Speed Computer and Recorder), then radio the units below and guide them to the target vehicle to ensure the correct vehicle was stopped for enforcement action.
During the three hour period, 8a to 11a, troopers issued (14) traffic citations (11 for speeding), (12) warnings, (4) Commercial Vehicle Inspections, and (1) vehicle search. The highest speed of the morning was 81mph in a 60mph zone.
Trooper Chuck Murphy arrested one driver, 32-year-old, Clarid Mutchler of Kingman, IN., for no valid license (misdemeanor violation) and incarcerated Mutchler in the Vermillion County Jail.
As a reminder, Operation Pull Over “Safe Family Travel” is ongoing and runs from November 10, 2017 through December 4, 2017. . Motorists are strongly encouraged to obey traffic laws and drive safe and sober.
Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.