A patrolling deputy and his K-9 partner teamed up to make a drug-related arrest on January 19, Scott Circuit Court records revealed.
Deputy Shawn Mayer and his canine partner Arina were coming back from a call on Cutshall Road. Traveling in front of him was a black Jeep. When he called for a check on the license plate displayed on its rear bumper, Deputy Mayer learned the vehicle did not match the plate number.
He pulled the Jeep over on the shoulder of Slab Road near Cutshall Road and requested assistance. Deputy Jac Sanders arrived on the scene.
Deputy Mayer asked the driver for identification. Watson produced his driver's license but gave no information on the vehicle. When his female passenger was asked for identification, the young woman told the officer she had none with her. She gave her name as Lauren Ray.
Dispatchers readily came up with information on Watson but could obtain none for Ray. The woman eventually gave her correct name, Lauren Rae Freeze, 28, Austin. She was ordered out of the Jeep when Deputy Mayer learned she had an active arrest warrant from an 2014 criminal case in which a petition to revoke probation/suspended sentence had been filed.
After a sniff around the vehicle by Mayer's K-9 partner pinpointed the presence of drugs around the passenger seat, a search of the Jeep was conducted. The probable asue affidavit noted that the contents of Freeze's purse included a glass pipe coated with residue, which Freeze allegedly said would test positively for methamphetamine. She also had two straws, also recognized as a common way to “snort” drugs, nine small baggies, one baggie with crystal meth inside and 23 pills identified as a Schedule 4 controlled substance called Clonazapam.
Later that same date, Freeze was formally charged in Scott Superior Court with Level 6 possession of meth, Class A misdemeanors of dealing in a Scheduled 4 controlled substance, giving a false identity statement and possession of a controlled substance and a Class C misdemeanor charge of possession of paraphernalia.
Her bail on her new charges was set at $30,000 by corporate surety bond or $3,000 cash. Bail in the petition to revoke was set at $25,000 by bond or $2,500 cash.
Her jury trial date of April 12 on her new charges coincides with a hearing on the petition to revoke.
She is being provided with a public defender in both cases.