Two Houston County siblings remained in the Anderson County Jail on Wednesday, following their Tuesday arrest for possession and public intoxication charges after being found parked in a driveway at a county residence.
According to Sheriff Greg Taylor, ASCO Sgt. Wes Dean was dispatched to a residence on Anderson County Road 181 south of Elkhart at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday for a suspicious vehicle call.
“A neighbor who had been watching the residence saw the vehicle — a white Chevy Blazer — parked in the driveway,” Taylor reported. “When he got to the scene, Sgt. Dean observed two white male subjects in the vehicle. The driver was semi-unresponsive.”
After waking the driver, identified as 21-year-old Tylor Lee Hanson of Round Mountain, Sgt. Dean got him out of the vehicle and questioned him, detaining him for officer safety reasons and searching his person.
“He was acting nervous and twitchy during questioning at the scene,” the sheriff said.
While performing a pat search of Hanson, Sgt. Dean found a knife and about a baggie containing .8 grams of methamphetamine in Hanson's front pocket and took him into custody.
The passenger, identified as the subject's brother 19-year-old Jared Andrew Hanson, was arrested for public intoxication.
“We believe that they were there to steal property,” Taylor reported. “We did find some property — a Rotozip spiral saw — in the vehicle and are investigating whether or not that item was stolen from the residence.”
Taylor explained that the resident of the house had recently died and that they would need to contact family members to determine whether or not the item belonged to the deceased.
“It if does, then the charge of burglary of a building will be added,” the sheriff said. “If they entered the residence, they will be charged with burglary of a habitation.”
As of Wednesday afternoon, Tylor Hanson had been charged with possession of a controlled substance-PG 1, less than 1 gram, with a $10,000 bond. Jared Hanson was fined $304 for the charge of public intoxication, and was “sitting out his fine” in jail, according to the sheriff.