|Scottsburg couple’s speeding Jeep stopped; arrests made for drug, syringe possession|
A couple with Scottsburg addresses now has a new home at the Scott County Security Center instead of vacationing in Florida as they had planned.
Scott Todd Cope and his companion, Christina M. Decker, were in a Jeep Compass when Deputy James Ward said he clocked the car as traveling at 75 mph on U.S. Highway 31 near its intersection with State Road 356 late on Sunday night October 9. The speed limit in that area is 55 mph.
The Jeep had a Michigan registration, the officer noted in his probable cause affidavit, and Cope told the deputy that a friend had rented it for them “...to drive to Florida to vacation for a couple of days.” According to the affidavit, Cope also told the officer he had never had a driver license.
When Deputy Ward asked Cope to step out of the Jeep, the officer said he saw a burnt marijuana cigarette and a small baggie of marijuana in the panel of the driver’s door. He placed Cope in handcuffs and sat him on the front bumper of his patrol car. Cope, he said, spoke very slowly and had bloodshot eyes.
Returning to the woman, Deputy Ward said he noticed a bright orange cap off a syringe laying in the car. He escorted her to his patrol car as well as Deputies Jac Sanders and James Shelton arrived to assist.
In a search of the vehicle, the officers said they found three syringes, a residue-coated glass pipe, a baggie of methamphetamine, rolling papers and additional marijuana. Deputy Ward said he also discovered that Cope had an outstanding arrest warrant issued by Jefferson County. He also had a suspended Indiana driver license.
The pair was taken to the local jail just before 12:30 a.m. on October 10 where, during the booking procedure, Decker was said to have concealed a residue-coated glass pipe in her bra.
Cope’s initial hearing in Scott Superior Court was held Tuesday, October 11. A preliminary plea of not guilty was entered for him on charges of Level 6 felony possession of methamphetamine, Level 6 felony unlawful possession of a syringe and maintaining a common nuisance and misdemeanor charges of possession of paraphernalia with a prior conviction, possession of marijuana and driving a vehicle while suspended with a prior conviction. Deputy Prosecutor Stephanie Parker also presented a petition for detainer, which was granted, meaning Cope would remain held in jail with bail for 15 days. Bail thereafter is set at $45,000 by corporate surety bond or $4,500 cash.
Cope’s case was assigned to a public defender, and his trial was set for January 19, 2017.
Cope also faces a State-filed petition to revoke a suspended sentence of one year in an earlier criminal case. The petition was filed on August 18. A hearing on that matter was set for the same day as his trial on the new charges.
Decker, 28, will also go to trial on January 19, according to court documents. Her charges also include felony possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a syringe and misdemeanors of visiting a common nuisance and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Her bail was also set at $45,000/$4,500. The case has been assigned to a public defender.