Parole absconder, passenger arrested after police find suspected drugs in vehicle

Austin Jarman Catherine Wirick Photo courtesy: Indiana State Police Photo courtesy: Indiana State Police

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. – Two people were arrested on Wednesday after police found suspected methamphetamine and marijuana in their vehicle, Indiana State Police reported.

At 9:45 a.m., several police departments assisted Michigan Parole authorities with locating 24-year-old Austin Jarman of Niles, who was found in a gray 2021 Toyota at a gas station at the intersection of S.R. 933 and Dreamwold Street in St. Joseph County.

Jarman was wanted on a warrant with nationwide extradition for absconding from parole, according to reports.

Jarman and his passenger, 22-year-old Catherine Wirick of Niles, were both preliminarily arrested for the following:

  • Dealing methamphetamine
  • Possession of methamphetamine
  • Dealing marijuana
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of paraphernalia

Police found approximately seven ounces of suspected methamphetamine, approximately a half pound of suspected marijuana, and paraphernalia in the Toyota, reports said.

Jarman was also jailed on his warrant.

Both were taken to the St. Joseph County Jail.

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