Traffic stop nets firearms-related arrests

Justin Hervey

A traffic stop in Michigan City over the holiday weekend resulted in two firearms-related arrests, Michigan City Police reported Tuesday. Twenty-two-year-old Justin Hervey, of Michigan City, was charged, and a 17-year-old male also faces criminal action.

Police said that at around  7 p.m. Sept. 6, Officer Matt Babcock was patrolling the area of Barker Avenue and Oak Street when he observed a dark-colored Chevrolet Impala traveling at a high rate of speed on Oak Street. Officer Babcock began to follow this vehicle and observed several more turn signal-related traffic infractions. The officer then conducted a traffic stop in the area of Maple Avenue and Greenwood Avenue.

Babcock spoke with the driver and identified four other passengers, then returned to his patrol vehicle to issue citations. While he was completing all the citations, La Porte County Sheriff’s Office K9 Officer Jon Samuelson arrived to assist with his K9 partner Bosco. Police said Samuelson “conducted a free air sniff of the vehicle utilizing Bosco, at which time Bosco alerted to the presence of illegal drugs within the vehicle.”

The occupants were removed, and a search of the vehicle was conducted. Located within the vehicle were baggies with suspected marijuana residue, drug paraphernalia and two semi-automatic handguns. Babcock continued his investigation at the scene and ultimately charged Hervey, of 118 Ridgeland Ave., with Possession of a Firearm without a Permit A-Misdemeanor and a 17-year-old male with Dangerous Possession of a Firearm A-Misdemeanor.

Hervey was taken to the La Porte County Jail, where he posted a $605 cash bond and was released the following day. He was scheduled to appear in La Porte County Superior Court #4 Tuesday.

The 17-year-old was taken to the Juvenile Services Center for processing.

“The Michigan City Police Department will maintain their zero tolerance on illegally possessed firearms within our community. We remain committed to proactively addressing the violence that has recently plagued our city and we sincerely appreciate our officers that continue to provide the utmost quality and professional services during these unfortunate times,” MCPD said.

Assisting at the scene were MCPD Officer Kelly Williams, MCPD Officer Mark Galetti, LCSO Deputy Jon Samuelson, LCSO Deputy Wade Wallace, and LCSO K9 Bosco.

“We would also like to remind the public that you can provide tips via Facebook Messenger, through our crime tip hotline number of 219-873-1488, or you can also call the WeTip Hotline for General Crime (800) 78-CRIME and possibly receive a reward upon an arrest and conviction. All WeTip call information is sent directly to the LaPorte County Prosecutor’s Office. You can always request to remain anonymous,” police said.

One Response to “Traffic stop nets firearms-related arrests”

  1. Dirty Harry

    Sep 09. 2020

    KUDOS to the brave police officers for doing a great job!

    You are appreciated & stay safe!

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