|Tuesday, February 18, 2014 9:00 PM|
At 5:51 p.m. Friday, a Delphos police officer on patrol observed an equipment violation on a motor vehicle. As a result, the officer conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the vehicle’s driver, 31-year-old Michael Joseph of Delphos. During the traffic stop, officers found Joseph to be in possession of marijuana. Joseph had a passenger in the vehicle, 15-year-old Isaac Williams, who was also found to be in possession of marijuana. Joseph was issued a citation for the possession of marijuana and the equipment violation and Williams was issued a citation for possession of marijuana. Joseph will appear in Van Wert Municipal Court while Williams will appear in Van Wert Juvenile Court to face the charges.
At 6:32 p.m. Saturday, an officer on duty observed a vehicle being operated by 28-year-old Michael Miel of Delphos. The officer checked the driving status of Miel and found that it was suspended. Due to this, the officer initiated a traffic stop and made contact with Miel. Miel was advised of the reason for the stop and issued a citation for driving under suspension. The owner of the vehicle, 33-year-old Sara Hempfling, was a passenger in the vehicle. She had prior knowledge that Miel’s driving status was suspended; therefore, she was issued a citation for wrongful entrustment of a motor vehicle. Both will appear in Lima Municipal Court to face the charges.
At 9:40 p.m. Saturday, a Delphos police officer observed a snowmobile being driven on the roadway. The officer attempted to speak with the driver to advise him that he was not allowed to do so. The driver then accelerated, trying to elude the officer. Moments later, the snowmobile did come to a stop, at which time officers made contact with the driver, 41-year-old Matthew Buettner of Delphos. During the investigation, officers found probable cause to arrest Buettner for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. Buettner was transported to the Delphos Police Department where he was issued a citation for OVI and driving an unauthorized vehicle on the roadway. He is also being charged with failure to comply with the signal of a police officer. Buettner had a 17-year-old passenger on the snowmobile at the time; therefore, he is also being charged with endangering children. He will appear in Lima Municipal Court on the charges.
At 5:20 p.m. Sunday, an officer initiated a traffic stop on a motor vehicle due to an expired registration violation. The driver of the vehicle, 31-year-old Ashley Harter of Delphos, was also operating the vehicle on a suspended driver’s license. Due to this, the vehicle was impounded and Harter was issued a citation for driving under suspension and expired license plates. Harter will appear in Van Wert Municipal Court.