Stephanie N. Beair, 37, of 229 Ludlow Road, Bellefontaine, was charged with illegal conveyance of drugs into a detention facility, along with a probation violation, as a result of a traffic stop in the city of Bellefontaine Wednesday evening.
Deputies of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office conducted the stop with a vehicle that had only one functional headlight in the area of south Main Street near Water Street about 9:50 p.m.
Beair was a passenger in the vehicle. Deputies detected a faint odor of marijuana on her clothing, and deployed K9 Thor for a free air sniff. The canine alerted on the vehicle.
Officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department also arrived on the scene, and a probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted.
While nothing illegal was found inside the vehicle, a second female passenger allegedly dropped an item on the ground, which that passenger said was methamphetamine. She turned the item over to authorities and she was released from the scene, with further charges pending. The substance will be sent to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation for testing.
Beair was placed under arrest for a probation violation. At the Logan County Jail, she admitted to corrections staff before she entered the jail’s body scanner that she had placed methamphetamine in a body cavity. The suspected meth was recovered and submitted as evidence.
Motorist faces OVI, resisting arrest charges
Patty A. Vickers, 55, of Bloomville, was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and resisting arrest relating to a non-injury accident about 10:10 p.m. Thursday.
Deputies responded to the area of County Road 56 and Township Road 219 on a report of a Ford F150 in the ditch.
While speaking with Vickers at the scene, she told deputies that a friend had been driving the vehicle and had left to call for assistance. Vickers also said she had not been drinking. Deputies noticed an empty and cold can of beer in the vehicle.
The defendant also reportedly displayed signs of intoxication. She refused to submit to field sobriety tests and also would not exit the vehicle. She had be removed from the vehicle by deputies and was placed under arrest.
The defendant had a large dog in the vehicle, and the Logan County dog warden also responded to assist with the canine.
At the jail, Vickers became uncooperative and was placed in the restraint chair. Deputies note that she has six previous OVI convictions and as a result, may face a felony OVI charge. She also was cited for driving under non-compliance suspension, failure to control and open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
• Stephanie M. Pettigew, 57, of Lima, was charged with OVI and was issued summonses for three counts of child endangering related to a traffic stop about 9:20 p.m. Thursday in Huntsville.
Deputies observed her fail to use her turn signal while turning onto Wishart Street and also stopping in the roadway and initiated the stop on Sharon Street near Lima Street.
Deputies said the driver, Pettigew, showed signs of intoxication and she submitted to field sobriety tests. She said she had one beer several hours ago.
There were three juveniles in the vehicle, ages 8 through 13, deputies said. The defendant was issued the summonses and was released to a sober driver.