Warren teen jailed for trying to pick up student from EHS while under influence

A Warren teen was jailed Thursday after he allegedly attempted to pick up a juvenile female from Eisenhower High School while he was under the influence of a controlled substance.

Benjamin David Thomas, 19, was arraigned Thursday night before Magisterial District Judge Laura Bauer on charges of two felony counts of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, misdemeanor counts of possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, use and/or possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence of a controlled substance with impaired ability, corruption of minors and a summary count of failure to notify a change of name or address.

At approximately 1:49 p.m. Thursday, an Eisenhower High School administrator contacted the school resource officer and reported that Thomas had tried to pick up a female juvenile from the school and was denied. The administrator told the officer Thomas “was acting strange,” and that she “could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle,” according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Thomas was reported to have left the school in a green Volkswagen Beetle with another female already in the car. The vehicle was located traveling on Market Street Extension. It was stopped by the officer when it pulled into a business located in the area, according to the affidavit.

Officers, including the K9 officer, investigated and described Thomas as having bloodshot, glassy eyes. Thomas allegedly told officers there was a jar of marijuana in the back seat of the car, according to the affidavit.

Thomas was committed to the Warren County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $25,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 11 in district court.


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