Man arrested after traffic stop

Columbus police arrested a local man on multiple charges after a traffic stop near Eighth and Franklin streets.

William J. Leonard, 27, 1170 Garden St., was stopped by Officer John Searle at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday after he saw Leonard disregard a stop sign, said Sgt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police spokesman.

Searle determined Leonard had two warrants out for his arrest, for failure to appear on a court order and failure to appear on violation of probation and initial hearing for battery, Harris said.

Searle’s service dog Max indicated an odor of narcotics was coming from the vehicle, Harris said.

Officers located a small nylon pouch in the glove compartment that contained a syringe, digital scale and other drug paraphernalia, Harris said. A small amount of methamphetamine was later located in Leonard’s pants pocket, Harris said.

In addition to the warrants, Leonard was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of a legend drug injection device, violation of the legend drug act and reckless possession of drug paraphernalia, Harris said.

Leonard is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail without bond, jail officials said.

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