Traffic stop ends in man’s arrest

Staff Reports

A local man was arrested on multiple preliminary charges after Columbus police said he tossed a small bag of narcotics out of his car’s passenger window.

Brian L. Bay, 45, 9250 N. Keith Drive West, Columbus, was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, habitual traffic violator and failure to appear on a Bartholomew County warrant on an original charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, jail officials said.

Columbus police said Bay was arrested about 2:30 p.m. Thursday when Officer Frank Dickman attempted to stop Bay’s vehicle near 12th and Franklin streets for a minor traffic violation, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police spokesman.

Before the vehicle stopped, Dickman saw the driver, later identified as Bay, throw a small bag out the passenger window, Harris said. When Dickman spoke to Bay, he denied throwing anything out the window, Harris said.

After checking Bay’s license, Dickman arrested Bay on the habitual traffic violator charge, Harris said. Police then located drug paraphernalia inside the car, and located the bag thrown from the vehicle which contained a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, Harris said.

Bay is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail without bond.