Man jailed after traffic stop

A Columbus man was arrested on three warrants after being stopped for driving without working taillights.

Erik C. Berry, 31, 825 Tipton Lane, was arrested on warrants for violation of probation for failure to comply with original charges of three counts of dealing in cocaine and violation of probation and failure to appear for driving while suspended, said Sgt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Berry was observed at 11:30 p.m. Friday driving a 2009 Chevrolet car near Gladstone and Indiana avenues, Harris said. Columbus Police Department Officer Chad Lehman followed the vehicle with his emergency lights activated for a few blocks until Berry pulled over near State and Cherry streets, Harris said.

Berry told police that he did not pull over immediately because he had a warrant for his arrest, Harris said. Berry also was arrested on a charge of driving while suspended, a Class A misdemeanor, Harris said.

Berry is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $170,000 bond.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.