Vanderburgh County – Early Tuesday morning at approximately 12:30, Trooper Widner was patrolling in the area of US 41 near St. George when he stopped the driver of a 1996 Toyota Camry for making an improper lane change. The driver was identified as Heather Mayes, 33, of Evansville. Mayes’ six-month-old daughter was restrained in a child safety seat in the back seat. A front seat passenger was identified as Michael Fitzgerald, 34, of Evansville. Trooper Widner found nearly 10 grams of methamphetamine, 30 grams of marijuana, a syringe and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. Mayes and Fitzgerald were arrested and taken to the Vanderburgh County Jail where they are currently being held on bond. The child was released to her grandmother.

Arrested and Charges:

  1. Neglect of a Dependent, Class 6 Felony
  2. Possession of a Syringe, Class 6 Felony
  3. Possession of Marijuana, Class A Misdemeanor
  4. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Class C Misdemeanor
  1. Possession of Meth, Class 5 Felony

Arresting Officer: Trooper Tyler Widner, Indiana State Police



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