Iowa State Patrol

ROCK RAPIDS—Two Rock Rapids residents were arrested on a variety of charges following a traffic stop about 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9.

The arrest of 38-year-old Amber Leigh Purcell and 50-year-old Gregory Lee Chenoweth stemmed from the stop of a westbound 2003 Buick Le Sabre for erratic driving at the intersection 180th Street and Goldfinch Avenue, about four miles southwest of Rock Rapids, according to the Iowa State Patrol.

Purcell, the driver, had bloodshot, watery eyes and impaired balance and failed preliminary sobriety tests.

She admitted to using marijuana earlier in the day, according to the incident report.

Purcell was arrested on a charge of first-offense operating while under the influence.

Chenoweth, the passenger, was arrested for being a fugitive from justice on warrants out of Indiana for charges of possession of methamphetamine, operating a vehicle after being habitual traffic

offender, felon carrying a handgun, resisting law enforcement and carrying a handgun without a license.

Lyon County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Rizzo was deployed on their vehicle and alerted authorities to an illegal odor.

While Purcell and Chenoweth were transported to jail, the car was towed to the sheriff’s office and a search warrant was obtained the next day.

Authorities located a bag containing methamphetamine inside a wallet on the driver’s seat, a marijuana pipe on the center console, a cigarette box containing marijuana inside the center console and a torch lighter in the front passenger door.

Purcell and Chenoweth then were further charged first-offense possession of a controlled substance — methamphetamine, first-offense possession of a controlled substance — marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Chenoweth also was cited for possession of an open container of alcohol as a passenger.