Traffic stop lands violent felon in jail

VANDERBURGH CO. – A Kentucky man was arrested after police found him with a weapon.

Thursday afternoon at 4:50 p.m. an Indiana State Police trooper was patrolling in the area of Fulton Avenue near Ohio Street in Vanderburgh County when he stopped the driver of a 2017 Audi, making an unsafe lane movement.

Kelvin Simmons

The driver was 29-year-old Kelvin Simmons, of Henderson, KY.

While speaking with Simmons the trooper detected a strong odor of marijuana emitting from inside the vehicle.

When the trooper asked Simmons to step out of the vehicle, Simmons immediately rolled up his window and began to search for something in the passenger seat area.

The trooper struck the window and ordered Simmons out of the car. The trooper attempted to open the door but it was locked. Finally, Simmons exited his vehicle and was placed in handcuffs without further incident.

After additional officers arrived to assist, a search of the vehicle revealed a fully loaded handgun with armor-piercing rounds under a backpack located on the passenger seat. Officers also found a small amount of marijuana and another fully loaded magazine.

Officers learned Simmons is a serious violent felon and is prohibited from carrying a firearm.

Simmons was arrested and taken to the Vanderburgh County Jail where he is currently being held without bond on charges of possession of a handgun by a serious violent felon, possession of a handgun without a license with a prior conviction, and possession of marijuana.

Assisting at the scene were officers with the Evansville Police Department.