VANDERBURG CO. – Monday evening, February 21, at approximately 5:30 p.m., Trooper Widner stopped the driver of a 2007 Ford F-150 for driving left of center and not wearing a seat belt on Louisiana Street near Mary Street.
The driver was stopped on Read Street near Florida Street and identified as Brian Ellis, 62, of Evansville. During the traffic stop, Ellis displayed signs of impairment and failed field sobriety tests. Ellis also refused to submit to a chemical test. An Evansville Police K-9 alerted to the presence of narcotics inside Ellis’ vehicle. Troopers searched the vehicle and located approximately 190 grams of methamphetamine and an electronic scale. Ellis was also unlawfully possessing prescription pills and a loaded handgun.
Ellis was arrested and taken to the Vanderburgh County Jail where he is currently being held without bond on felony charges of dealing meth, possession of meth, possession of a controlled substance, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
Arresting Officers: Trooper Tyler Widner and Trooper Jordan Lee
Assisting Agency: Evansville Police