On Sunday, September 16th, 2018 at approximately 12:30 PM EST, Trooper Billy Begley was on routine patrol 5 miles north of Liberty on Junior Murphy Rd when he observed the operator of a red 2007 Pontiac not wearing a seatbelt. Trooper Begley initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver of vehicle, 34 year old Jason Luttrell and a passenger, 33 year old Nicole Dempsey, both of Liberty. Deputy Weddle and Constable Mondie arrived on scene to assist. Consent to search was given and they located a syringe in Luttrell’s front pocket. In the vehicle they located a small bag of suspected methamphetamine, marijuana, and an unidentified prescription pill. Tpr. Begley searched a purse belonging to Dempsey and located a syringe and a glass smoke pipe with residue inside of it. Trooper Begley placed both subjects under arrest and transported them to the Casey County Detention Center. When Tpr. Begley arrived at the jail he found two additional small bags of suspected methamphetamine in his back seat that weren’t there prior to their arrest.
Luttrell was charged with failure to wear seatbelts, DUI 1st, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense (<2 grams methamphetamine), tampering with physical evidence, promoting contraband 1st degree, failure to produce insurance card and wanton endangerment-2nd degree police officer.
Dempsey was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense (<2 grams methamphetamine), tampering with physical evidence, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct 2nd degree.
Trooper Begley was assisted by the Casey County Sheriffs office and a Casey County Constable.