Bedford woman arrested on numerous drug charges after a traffic stop

BEDFORD – A Bedford woman was arrested early Saturday morning after a Bedford police officer stopped her Chevrolet Malibu when she failed to use her turn signal numerous times when making lane changes.

Catherine Fleetwood

The officers stopped 28-year-old Catherine Fleetwood near the intersection of State Road 37 and John  Williams Boulevard.

While speaking with Fleetwood the officer determined Fleetwood was intoxicated after he smelled an alcohol odor emitting from Fleetwood and the vehicle. 

Police say Fleetwood’s speech was slurred , her eyes were glassy and bloodshot and she had poor dexterity as she was fumbling  through documentation trying to locate the registration to the vehicle.  

She was then asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle. Fleetwood replied there was not anything illegal within her vehicle, but further stated she was unsure if there were any heroin syringes in the vehicle belonging to her boyfriend.

Fleetwood denied officers permission to search the vehicle. 

Fleetwood was then asked to exit the vehicle. A canine was called to the scene. In the meantime, Fleetwood failed several field sobriety tests. 

Fleetwood blew a 0.112 percent on a portable breathalyzer and was then arrested.

Canine Zazu alerted police to drugs in the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, police found multiple items of contraband including three unopened packages of multiple hypodermic syringes, 1 used hypodermic syringe, 1 rubber container containing psilocybin mushroom, one rubber container containing crystal meth residue, and a piece of cotton with meth residue on it. Officers also located two plastic containers containing a white pasty residue, two metal grinders with marijuana residue, one tin canister containing multiple glass smoking pipes, one plastic box containing a metal spoon with a wax-like substance, a medication bottle with a male’s name on it containing numerous pills and two jars containing marijuana.

After securing a warrant, Fleetwood was transported to IU Health Hospital for a blood draw.

Fleetwood resisted officers and was belligerent. She had to be constrained to ensure an accurate blood draw and during this she pinched an officers arm.

After the blood draw, Fleetwood was transported to jail on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, OWI endangerment, OWI refusal possession of a controlled substance, disorderly conduct, resisting law enforcement, possession of a legend drug, battery against a public safety official, unlawful possession of a syringe, three counts of possession of a narcotic drug, possession of a legend drug, possession of meth, possession of marijuana and was issued a citation for two counts of failure to signal a lane change.

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