Traffic stop ends in felony firearm arrest

Johnnie Evans mugshot

LA PORTE COUNTY, Ind. – A stop done Sunday morning under the Domestic Highway Enforcement program on the Indiana Toll Road ended in a felony firearm arrest. 

Deputy Wade Wallace spotted a car westbound on the Indiana Toll Road committing multiple traffic violations including going 81 miles per hour.

The deputy performed a traffic stop at which point he noted a firearm inside the vehicle and secured it for safety reasons.

The driver was identified as Brianna Sparks and her passenger was identified as Johnnie Evans.

K9 Jäger came to the scene and did free-air sniff at which point Jäger had a positive alert. A search of the vehicle revealed large amounts of money in various denominations.

The Drug Enforcement Agency was then requested to the scene and seized the currency.

Sparks was not arrested but did get several warnings for traffic violations.

Evans was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon which is a level 4 felony.

Evans is currently being held on a bond of $20,005.

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