Traffic stop results in drug charges for Peru man

A traffic stop led to the arrest of a Miami County man on drug charges.


About 8:30 am Tuesday, a traffic stop by Indiana State Police Trooper Jon Cole led to the arrest of Jerry L Messer, 28, of Peru.Messer was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail to face criminal charges for possession methamphetamine, resisting law enforcement causing injury, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, two counts for battery on a law enforcement officer, and driving a vehicle while never having received an operator’s license.


Cole stopped a 2004 Pontiac Montana for a traffic violation on U.S. 24 near Eel River Cemetery Road. While Cole was speaking to Messer, who was driving the Pontiac, it was allegedly revealed that Messer had never received a driver’s license. Further investigation revealed that Messer allegedly had suspected methamphetamine on his person.


When the methamphetamine was located, Messer attempted to escape from officers. A scuffle ensued on the roadside, with Messer being taken into custody.


Cole was assisted by Trooper Steven Glass and the Peru Police Department.