KOSCIUSKO — Two people were recently arrested after police responded to a domestic disturbance that led to a short police chase, followed by taser deployment and the discovery of drugs.
Orien Jacob Rosbrugh, 25, 313 E. Huntington St., North Webster, is being charged with disarming a law enforcement officer, a level 5 felony; resisting law enforcement, a level 6 felony; possession of methamphetamine, a level 6 felony; battery of a law enforcement officer, a level 6 felony; possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor; and possession of paraphernalia, a class C misdemeanor.
Kandi Jodean Erwin, 47, 209 North CR 225E, Warsaw, is being charged with possession of methamphetamine, a level 6 felony; and possession of paraphernalia, a class C misdemeanor.
On June 8, an officer with the North Webster Police Department responded to a domestic dispute. Upon arrival, the officer observed a silver Dodge belonging to Erwin parked in the driveway and two male subjects in the front yard. One of the men advised that Rosbrugh was causing problems at the residence.
The officer approached Rosbrugh and told him he needed to speak with him. According to the affidavit of probable cause, Rosbrugh walked into the residence, went into the backyard, refused to speak with the officer and ran away. The officer commanded Rosbrugh to stop, but Rosbrugh continued to run.
Charging documents state that the officer then returned to his patrol vehicle and observed that the silver Dodge was now gone. The officer drove down the street and observed Rosbrugh enter into the passenger door of Erwin’s vehicle.
At this point, the officer activated his emergency lights and siren to initiate a traffic stop but the vehicle refused to stop. The vehicle drove off the roadway, through a yard and came to a stop. Rosbrugh exited the passenger side of the vehicle and began to run toward the patrol vehicle. The officer chased Rosbrugh around the patrol vehicle and warned Rosbrugh that he was going to use his taser.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Rosbrugh charged the officer and attempted to take control of the taser. The taser discharged, striking Rosbrugh in the right arm, but had no effect. Rosbrugh charged the officer again and knocked the taser out of the officer’s hand. Rosbrugh and the officer went to the ground as Rosbrugh continued to resist and grabbed at the officer’s gun belt.
Officers arrived to assist and dry tased Rosbrugh, which had little effect. They were then able to handcuff Rosbrugh. On Rosbrugh’s person, officers found a plastic bag containing 2.5 grams of marijuana.
The officer then spoke with Erwin, who advised she and Rosbrugh had stayed at a friend’s house the previous evening and smoked methamphetamine. She advised that Rosbrugh had used his fist to cause damage to her vehicle so she brought Rosbrugh to the residence at which the officer had responded. At that time, Rosbrugh refused to exit her vehicle and the police were called to respond.
According to Erwin, when the foot pursuit began, Rosbrugh jumped in her vehicle. Erwin advised that Rosbrugh was sitting in her lap with his foot on the gas pedal while she had her foot on the brake. Erwin told the officer that Rosbrugh refused to let her out of the vehicle during the police pursuit.
Erwin further advised that she took two smoking devices and a bag of “crystals” away from Rosbrugh and placed them in her purse. Inside her purse, officers located two glass smoking devices with residue and three plastic bags that contained 4.2 grams of methamphetamine.
Both Rosbrugh and Erwin have initial hearings scheduled for June 27.