Cambridge PD arrests Cambridge man, Caldwell woman early Thursday

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio — Two suspects face felony charges following a traffic stop and minor collision in Cambridge, both of which turned up suspected drugs and paraphernalia early Thursday morning.

According to reports from the Cambridge Police Department, officers stopped a vehicle on Cambridge’s southside at approximately 4 a.m. after the driver allegedly failed to use a turn signal and ran a stop sign. While speaking to the occupants of the vehicle, officers determined that one of the backseat passengers, 42-year-old Mervin Winland, had an active warrant out for his arrest. Winland was removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest, and a search of his person allegedly turned up a glass pipe often used to smoke methamphetamine and two plastic bags of a crystalline substance that later field-tested positive as meth.

While conducting the traffic stop, another vehicle approached the scene and stopped, as if waiting for the occupants of the first vehicle. Moments later, officers heard a collision and observed that the second vehicle had coasted into a parked car. Police say the driver, 27-year-old Stephanie McElfresh of Caldwell, appeared to be under the influence of drugs. Officers also saw a hypodermic syringe on the seat of McElfresh’s vehicle. Upon questioning, McElfresh indicated that she knew the occupants of the first vehicle.

Both Winland and McElfresh were transported to the Guernsey County Jail, where corrections officers allegedly uncovered drugs concealed in the woman’s clothing.

Winland remains jailed in connection with his warrant and pending potential drug-related charges. McElfresh has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, conveying drugs into a correctional facility, operating a vehicle under the influence and driving with a suspended license.

The driver of the first vehicle, 40-year-old Sandra Winland, has been cited for traffic violations. Another passenger in Winland’s vehicle was not charged.