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Trooper gets warrant after being told by resident to 'get a warrant'

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Three Hobart residents were arrested Tuesday on multiple drug charges after a trooper investigating a hit-and-run crash on the Indiana Toll Road was told by one of three to “get a warrant,” the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 10:40 p.m. Trooper Ala’a Hamed responded to the 14 mile marker on the eastbound Toll Road, just east of Broadway, where he found that a 2013 Hyundai had been abandoned after hitting the concrete median wall. Inside the vehicle Hamed also found a baggy of suspected marijuana and paraphernalia, police said.

Following a tip on the identity of the possible driver of the Hyundai, Hamed went to a residence in Hobart, where Anthony Mason, 35, a roommate of the suspect, greeted him at the door, stated he didn’t know where the driver was, and refused Hamed entry into the residence, telling him to get a warrant, police said.

Hamed--who police said detected the odor of marijuana at the residence--went about doing so and was waiting for it outside the residence when another roommate arrived home, Amanda Gettig, 29, who later came outside to say that she had the suspect, Jordon K. Grindey, 26, on the phone. Grindey admitted to being the driver of the Hyundai but refused to tell troopers where exactly he was, police said.

On receiving the warrant, troopers were unable to persuade anyone inside the residence to open the door, so they made forcible entry and found Grindey in an upstairs bedroom. Mason and Getting were also taken into custody in other bedrooms, and troopers recovered a variety of drugs and paraphernalia from the home: suspected marijuana, cocaine, THC oil, benzodiazepine pill, scales, and grinders.

Grindey was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and operating while intoxicated-refusal; Mason and Gettig were charged with assisting a criminal and possession of hash oil; Gettig was charged with possession of cocaine and dealing marijuana; and all three were charged with maintaining a common nuisance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia, police said.


Posted 12/19/2018




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