Greenville Police Beat – Resident finds car with sleeping driver in backyard

On April 6, police received a report concerning a suspicious vehicle with someone asleep inside parked in the backyard of a home in the 400 block of Southbrook Drive. The officer went to the doctor’s office in the 1000 block of Wayne Avenue, which butts the Southbrook’s residence’s backyard. The officer found a vehicle had been driven onto the lawn and came to rest on pavers at the back of the home. There didn’t appear to be any damage to the vehicle or the backyard, except for a couple of short ruts in the yard. The officer found Shawn Foster, the registered owner of the vehicle, passed out in the driver’s seat. The officer woke Foster up and asked him to exit the vehicle. The officer detected a strong odor of alcohol on Foster, his eyes were bloodshot and glassy and his speech was slurred. Foster had difficulty maintaining his train of thought and kept calling the officers on the scene by different names. He admitted to drinking heavily at Danny’s Place, then attempted to follow someone home while driving. He thought he was somewhere other than where he had parked the car. Foster did poorly on field sobriety tests and was transported to the police department for more testing. While officer were explaining to Foster about additional testing, he stated “I’m drunk.” He was issued a citation for physical control of a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and was released to a friend. They were told to make arrangements for the vehicle to be moved from the parking lot of the medical office on Wayne Avenue, where officers had moved the vehicle before leaving the scene.


On April 5 an officer on routine patrol observed a vehicle traveling north bound on North Broadway Street without a functional license plate light. A traffic stop was initiated and the officer made contact with the driver, Trey Koons who said he did not know his license plate light was out. The officer could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The officer ran the driver’s name through LEADS, then returned to the vehicle to ask him if had been smoking anything. Koon responded and told the officer he had smoked marijuana earlier in the day. He admitted to smoking in his car and pulled a baggy containing green leafy vegetation from the driver’s side floorboard, as well as a green container with residue. Koons was asked to exit the vehicle so officers could perform a search. When he was patted down, officers found another baggy from the suspect’s coat pocket containing green leafy vegetation. Koons told the officers he had capsules with liquid THC. Officers located the bottle containing four capsules containing a brown liquid inside the pocket of his coat. Koons also admitted he had a scale under the driver’s seat of the vehicle. The suspect was advised he would not be receiving citations at this time, and that officers were going to have the capsules tested to be positive of the contents. All items located and confiscated were transported to the police department, where they were packaged and placed in property as evidence. After the capsules are tested, officers will determine charges. Koons was released from the scene.


On April 4 an officer was dispatched to the Coffee Pot, 537 S. Broadway, on the report of a fight between two juvenile girls. While enroute, the officer was able to locate one of the suspects in the Subway parking lot. The officer transported the juvenile back to the scene and made contact with the other suspect. According to the report, one of the female juveniles asked the other to go outside so they could fight. The two walked outside, where a fight ensued. When one of the girls went back inside to the restroom to clean blood off, the other suspect followed and the two began to fight again. One of the suspects left the Coffee Pot and went to The Boys and Girls Club, 613 S. Broadway. The other suspect followed and they continued the fight outside the club. One of the juveniles told the officer the other juvenile began calling her names while at the Coffee Pot, but she did not know why. They both admitted to police it was a mutual fight. Both girls were cited for disorderly conduct and released to their mothers.

On April 6 an officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Washington Avenue in reference to a 911 hang up. While enroute, the officer was advised by dispatch the number belonged to Herman Linder. Upon arrival, two officers observed Linder stumbling off the porch. As the officers approached, he was leaning on a telephone pole in front of the residence and appeared to be sleeping. When officers woke Linder up, he told them he was being followed but officers did not see anyone else around. The officers noticed a strong odor of alcohol around Linder that became stronger as he spoke. Linder was placed into a police cruiser and transported to his own residence in the 300 block of Harrison Avenue. Linder refused several times to get out of the cruiser. Another officer arrived on scene and they were able to pull Linder out of the cruiser. Linder lay down in the roadway and refused to get back up after being told numerous times to do so. Three officers attempted several times to help Linder stand up to get him out of the street but he still refused. Greenville Township Rescue was dispatched to the scene so Linder could be treated for possibly having too much alcohol. Linder was cleared by paramedics and refused to be transported to Wayne Hospital for further evaluation. Dispatch contacted a friend of Linder’s to see if she could watch him for the night. Officers eventually helped Linder into his residence. He was cited for disorderly conduct, a fourth degree misdemeanor due to the Decolores Montessori School being within 1,000 feet of the incident.

Wanted Person

On April 5 an officer responded to the area of the 600 block of Martin Street in reference to Jamin Brenner, who had an active felony warrant. A police detective reported Brenner left the area in a truck traveling eastbound on Martin Street. The truck was located and a traffic stop was conducted at State Route 36 East and U.S.127. Brenner was located in the passenger seat of the stopped vehicle. He was arrested for the felony warrant, with the original charge of complicity to robbery from Miami County. Brenner told the officer he had a small baggie of marijuana shavings and a smoking pipe. The items were transported to the Greenville Police Department and placed into property. Brenner was transported to the Darke County Jail to await pick up by Miami County at a later time.


The Greenville Police Beat is prepared from public records available at the Greenville Police Department. Every effort is made to balance the public’s right to know with the rights of the individuals involved. Readers are encouraged to contact Greenville Police if they have information or concerns regarding these or any other incidents they see. The Early Bird notes all suspects are innocent until proven guilty and welcomes comments and concerns regarding this community service.

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