Hope woman riding bicycle without front light arrested, facing drug charges

Methamphetamine found in bag

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, of 10950 N. County Road 700E, near Pennsylvania and 19th streets in Columbus at 4:40 a.m. Wednesday after he saw her riding a bike without a working front light, said officer Alyson Rech, Columbus Police Department spokeswoman.

Officers learned Hoeltke had an active arrest warrant — and when arresting her, searched her backpack, Rech said. Officers 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 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, she 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.

She is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $128,500 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.