A Jefferson County man is facing 10-30 years in prison after being arrested on Level 2 felony drug charge during a traffic stop on Friday.

Timothy Christoper Jester, 49, Madison, was charged with felony manufacturing/dealing methamphetamine — allegedly related to intent to deliver and sell according to Chief Deputy Josh Taylor— and a Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana. He was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail on a $100,000 cash bond.

Sheriff’s officers also made two additional arrests over the week end resulting in drug charges.

During a Clifty Drive traffic stop on Saturday, Mark Allen Bear, 57, Madison, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony, and possession of marijuana a Class A misdemeanor as well as on a Jefferson County warrant for failure to appear. Bear was lodged in the jail where he is being held without bond.

On Sunday, sheriff’s officers arrested Jeanette White, 41, Madison, charging her with possession of cocaine or a narcotic drug, possession of a syringe and possession of methamphetamine, all Level 6 felonies; as well as possession of paraphernalia and resisting law enforcement, both Class A misdemeanors. She was also lodged in the jail without bond.

North Vernon man charged in ATV pursuit involving gunfire

A North Vernon man was arrested Sunday afternoon in connection with an all terrain vehicle pursuit in Scott County earlier Sunday morning in which shots were allegedly exchanged between the suspect and an officer in a field off State Road 256.

The incident began at about 5:45 a.m. Sunday, when a Scott County Deputy Sheriff patrolling on SR 256 near Terry Road observed an off-road vehicle turn east on SR 256 from Terry Road without stopping at the stop sign. The deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on the ATV, but the vehicle fled into a nearby field.

Shortly after entering the field, the deputy said the ATV stopped abruptly, and the deputy exited his patrol vehicle and continued the pursuit, approaching the suspect on foot. The deputy reported that he heard what he believed to be gunfire, and returned fire as he took cover behind a nearby house trailer.

When other responding officers arrived, they were unable to locate the suspect near the ATV and established a containment perimeter. Further attempts to locate the suspect were unsuccessful so the Scott County Sheriff’s Department requested the assistance of Indiana State Police detectives and crime-scene technicians from the Sellersburg Post.

As the investigation continued, detectives were able to identify a possible suspect after speaking with residents in the area. Meanwhile, Indiana Conservation Officers offered the assistance of their search canines to assist troopers and deputies in conducting a more in-depth search of a nearby wooded area where the suspect was believed to have fled.

At approximately 1:30 p.m., Conservation Officer Jim Schreck and his K-9 Smoky along with ISP Trooper Brett Walters, located the suspect hiding in a wooded area a short distance from the original scene. The suspect, identified as Todd A. Lacey, 52, of North Vernon, was taken into custody without further incident. No weapon was immediately located; however, Lacey was found to be in possession of ammunition at the time of his arrest.

Lacey was transported to the Washington County Jail and is currently charged with resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, a Level 6 Felony. This investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.

Indiana State Police was assisted by Indiana Conservation Officers and officers from the Scott County Sheriff’s Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

Ripley teen injured when ORV crashes into tree

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a Ripley County off-road vehicle accident that injured a male teenager Friday evening.

The accident occurred at about 6:19 p.m. on private property in the 6200 block of East County Road 450 South when a 13-year-old operator lost control of an off road vehicle after making contact with another rider on a dirt bike. The ORV then collided with a tree, resulting in the boy being thrown from the machine.

The male, who was unidentified by authorities, was transported by ambulance to Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Lawrenceburg due to inclement weather and later airlifted to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The extent of his injuries is unknown but he was not wearing a helmet or any other protective riding gear at the time of the accident.

Conservation officers were assisted by the Friendship Fire and Rescue and Ripley County EMS.

Conservation officers noted that everyone should wear a helmet and protective riding gear when operating an ORV. Additionally, Indiana law requires all operators or passengers on an ORV who are under age 18 wear a DOT-approved helmet.