By GARY POPP
Three people are facing multiple drug-related preliminary felonies after two active methamphetamine labs were found in a vehicle stopped by Clarksville police at about noon on Thursday.
The incident resulted in the arrests of Rodney Allen Roudenbush, 47, 1220 Gail Drive, Jeffersonville; Lena Kay Peyton, 48, 1430 Kilmer Way, Clarksville; and Allison Kay Beckett, 42, 132 Bel Air Motel, Clarksville.
An officer saw the driver of a 1995 Saturn leave Bel-Air Motel on Kopp Lane in Clarksville not wearing a seat belt. The driver was later identified as Roudenbush.
“As this officer passed the vehicle, the driver [Roudenbush] continued to look at this officer as if he was trying to see if I was watching him,” according to the police report. “[Roudenbush] continued to watch this officer as I went pass, and as I passed, I noticed the driver run off the right side of the road into the grass and then come back onto the road.”
The officer then turned around his police cruiser in an attempt to make a traffic stop on the Saturn, which had sped up to 45 mph in the 35 mph zone, police reported, and the traffic stop was made on Accrusia Avenue.
The officer noted in the police report that Roudenbush “exhibited extremely nervous behavior and was sweating profusely.”
When the officer asked him why he was so nervous, Roudenbush told him he was just frustrated with his car, according to the police report.
When asked if there was anything in the vehicle that should be brought to the officer’s attention, Roudenbush said there was not, and gave consent to have the car searched.
Peyton, the front passenger, also told the officer there were no illegal items in the vehicle.
After Beckett exited a back seat of the car, “ ... she walked past this officer and mumbled that there was a meth lab in the back floorboard of the vehicle,” according to the report.
The three were told to sit in front of the vehicle, and CPD K9 Maiko was brought to the scene and made a “positive hit” on the car’s passenger’s side door.
“K9 Maiko then went inside the vehicle and made a positive drug alert hit on a blue bag where we then noticed two working meth labs inside the vehicle,” police reported.
The Indiana State Police were then called to the scene to process and safely dispose of the methamphetamine lab.
Along with the two active labs, other items used for manufacturing methamphetamine were located.
Roudenbush, Peyton and Beckett were each preliminarily charged with dealing in methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine, all class A felonies. They were each also charged with class C felony possession of precursors and D felony maintaining a common nuisance.