Bicyclist arrested on multiple drug-related charges

A Hope woman was arrested on multiple drug-related charges after Columbus police stopped her for an equipment violation while she was riding a bicycle.

Columbus Police Officer Skylar Berry stopped Lacey N. Hoeltke, 35, near Pennsylvania and 19th streets at 4:40 a.m. Wednesday after he saw her riding a bike without a working front light, said Officer Alyson Rech, department spokeswoman.

Officers learned Hoeltke had an active arrest warrant and when arresting her searched her backpack, where they found a spoon and digital scale which contained a white substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine, Rech said.

A grinder, three smoking devices and a clear plastic bag, all of which contained marijuana residue, were also found in the backpack, Rech said.

Officers also found a small plastic bag in the backpack that contained methamphetamine, a small plastic bag with marijuana and three syringes, Rech said.

Hoeltke was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of a legend drug injection device, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, jail officials said.

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