Austin Trio Jailed After Traffic Stops Turn Up Drugs

Three Austin residents were arrested on a variety of drug charges after traffic stops on I-65 in Clark County last Thursday, Feb. 14.

Shortly before noon on Feb. 14, a trooper from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg was behind a blue 1998 Ford pickup truck south on Interstate 65 near Sellersburg and noticed the driver texting. The truck left the roadway several times as the texting was occurring, authorities reported.

After the vehicle was stopped near the 8 mile marker for the infraction, law enforcement officials searched the truck and located several controlled substances to include, Hydrocodone, Xanax, Opana and Alprazolam. A hypodermic needle and $1,445.00 cash were also located.

The driver, Johnnie “John-John” Sizemore, 27, of Austin, was arrested at the scene and charged with 7 counts of possession of controlled substance, dealing in a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic needle, maintaining a common nuisance, and texting while driving.

Sizemore was incarcerated in the Clark County Jail.

Then shortly before 4 p.m. last Thursday, an ISP trooper stopped a red 2005 Kia at the 23 mile marker on southbound I-65 after observing a traffic infraction. During the traffic stop a state police K-9 was called to the scene and made a positive alert for a controlled substance possibly present in the vehicle.

Searching the vehicle troopers located suspected Heroin, a controlled substance, paraphernalia and a hypodermic syringe.

The driver, Christopher “Hippy” D. Stidham, 40, and a passenger in the vehicle, Connie M. Stidham, 36, (the driver’s sister), both of Austin, were arrested at the scene and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic syringe, possession of drug paraphernalia, and maintaining a common nuisance.

Both were incarcerated at the Clark County Jail.