Wanted man arrested after traffic stop

Staff Reports

Columbus police making a traffic stop for a headlight violation arrested a Decatur man on multiple charges pending in Bartholomew and Wells counties.

Police said Kyle T. Chandler, 30, 1209 Madison St., Decatur, was arrested on preliminary charges of:

Possession of methamphetamine

Possession of drug paraphernalia

Driving while suspended

False informing

A Bartholomew County warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of possession of a synthetic drug

A Wells County warrant for violation of probation on original charges of six counts of burglary, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while suspended and false informing.

Columbus Police Officer Travis Harbaugh stopped Chandler’s vehicle about 12:30 a.m. Friday near Carrie Lane and Jonathan Moore Pike for having only one headlight, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police spokesman.

The driver, later identified as Chandler, told police his wallet had been recently stolen and he did not have identification with him, Harris said.

Police said Chandler initially lied about his identity but was later identified and placed under arrest for the warrants out of Bartholomew and Wells counties.

As officers were arresting Chandler, they saw his left hand was clenched in a fist, Harris said. As Chandler tried to pull away from officers, they were able to get his hand open and then recovered a bag containing methamphetamine, Harris said.

When police checked the vehicle’s seat and console, they found a glass pipe containing methamphetamine in Chandler’s vehicle, Harris said.

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