VERMILLION COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Three people were arrested on drug charges early Tuesday morning after a concerned citizen called authorities for a wellbeing check.
The person called Vermillion County dispatchers from McClure’s Truck stop in Cayuga reporting two men might be in need of medical assistance. One reportedly had a bloody gash in his head while the other had a damaged eye.
Based on the witness description, Vermillion County deputies located their vehicle in Hillsdale and conducted a traffic stop for the wellbeing check.
Deputies discovered that the driver, Aaron A. Knapps, 33, of Vaporsville, Calif., had a revoked license out of California, and the rear passenger, James H. Grantham, 27, of Terre Haute, was wanted out of Vigo County for auto theft.
Further investigation led to the discovery of several hypodermic syringes, multiple pieces of paraphernalia and other items associated with narcotic use.
It was found that the injuries that had been reported to the sheriff’s office were old injuries and that one was bleeding at the time of the stop.
Knapps, Grantham and another passenger, Frederick Erskine, 25, of Terre Haute, were all arrested for multiple drug-related offenses. Knapps faces additional charges of driving while suspended.
All three were transported to the Vermillion County Jail where Knapps was later released after posting $10,000 bond. Grantham will be held on the two active Vigo County warrants.