Couple jailed when Austin officer recognizes driver as wanted on active warrant PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 08:52

A 19-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man were placed into custody on January 19 after a brief car chase on Austin streets.

Patrolman Greg Green stated in the probable cause affidavit that he passed a black Buick on Broadway Avenue and recognized the driver as Brianna N. Petty. He knew Petty had an active arrest warrant issued for her for failing to appear on a criminal matter in local courts.

When he saw the vehicle pull into a driveway, Ptl. Green pulled up beside the car and talked to Petty and her passenger, Roger Winchester, a former Austin resident. He said he then got out of his patrol car to walk around the vehicles and talk to Petty.

When he came to the rear of the Buick, Ptl. Green said the woman “...hit the accelerator.” Her action caused rock and debris to fly up and strike the officer.

Ptl. Green got back in his patrol car and requested assistance while following the black car, which drove down several streets, he said, getting back onto Broadway and then entering the Village Court Apartments parking lot.

When Petty realized she was in a dead-end parking lot, Ptl. Green said the young woman stopped the car, got out and fled on foot. She was quickly apprehended by the officer. As he attempted to place her in handcuffs, he said she continued to resist.

Winchester had remained in the car during the foot chase. Indiana State Police Detective Matt Busick arrived and placed the passenger in handcuffs. Det. Busick said he saw a small bag containing some pills inside the car. Those pills turned out to be Acetaminophen and Oxycodone Hydrochloride, both controlled substances.

In addition, officers located $862 in Winchester’s wallet and a digital scale.

In the car’s trunk, the inventory included a loaded .22 revolver, a set of handcuffs engraved with the words “Floyd County Jail,” two unopened bags of hypodermic needles and three other needles.

As Petty was being processed at the Scott County Jail, a jailer reported she found a portion of an Opana pill, also a controlled substance.

A Level 5 felony of possession of a narcotic drug was filed against Petty as were three Level 6 felonies, unlawful possession of a hypodermic needle, battery of a police officer and resisting law enforcement; Class A misdemeanors of resisting law enforcement, carrying a handgun without a license and possession of drug paraphernalia; and a Class B misdemeanor of visiting a common nuisance.

Winchester’s charges include two Level 5 felonies of possession of a narcotic drug; Level 6 felonies of unlawful possession of a hypodermic syringe and maintaining a common nuisance; and Class A misdemeanors of possession of paraphernalia and carrying a handgun without a license.

During their initial hearings in Scott Circuit Court on January 22, both defendants had preliminary pleas of not guilty entered for them and were assigned an initial jury trial date of June 2.

Petty’s case was assigned to a public defender, but Winchester advised Judge Roger Duvall that he wished to hire an attorney.

Winchester was to return to the courtroom on Monday, January 26, regarding that matter of counsel.

Petty, who has a rural Salem address, was moved to the Washington County Jail in Salem on January 22 to await her trial, court records revealed.