Passenger now faces own legal problems

A Bartholomew County woman who police said was caught with drugs while riding with a man wanted for parole violations is now facing significant legal problems of her own.

In fact, Shelby D. Wilson, 23, could face up to 10 years imprisonment if convicted of the booking charges filed against her.

Wilson, who resides at 7091 S. Sprague Road, was arrested last week on the following:

Trafficking with an inmate, a Level 5 felony

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Possession of methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony

Possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor

Possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor

At the time of her April 7 arrest, Wilson was in a vehicle accompanied by Jacob Roth-rock, 24, of 200 N. Ross St., Columbus, according to information released by the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

Rothrock was being sought on a state-issued warrant for parole violations, according to the sheriff’s department.

Deputies were alerted by a dispatcher that a man suspected of being Rothrock was causing a disturbance at the Circle K convenience store west of the Walesboro-Ogilville exit of Interstate 65, the department said.

After off-duty Deputy Adam DeBoth heard the radio dispatch, he saw Rothrock and Wilson heading east toward Southern Crossing and pulled them over in a driveway near the Mineral Springs subdivision, the department said.

Wilson was searched after Rothrock was taken into custody, which resulted in the discovery of the drugs and paraphernalia. The trafficking charge reflects the fact that Rothrock was still technically an inmate at the time.

Rothrock was booked into the Bartholomew County Jail and ordered held without bond, according to jail reports.

Less than a half-hour later, Wilson was booked into jail, and bond was set at $57,500 surety or $5,750 cash bond. She was released Thursday following a 48-hour hold, jail officials said.

The office of Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash will determine what, if any, charges will be filed.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5636.