Elizabethtown man jailed on heroin-possession charge

An Elizabethtown man is in jail on preliminary drug charges after police found him slumped in the driver’s seat of his car.

Bryce C. Love, 22, of 9735 E. County Road 700S, is in Bartholomew County Jail on preliminary charges of possession of heroin and possession of paraphernalia. He is being held in lieu of $60,000 bond.

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department deputy Leah Burton was dispatched to Bethel Baptist Church on West Deaver Road about 7:18 p.m. Monday regarding a suspicious person or vehicle.

Burton observed a white Honda Accord and saw the male driver, later identified as Love, slumped over and holding a blue straw in his right hand and a green lighter in his left, department spokeswoman Judy Jackson said.

Love’s breathing was slowed and he was perspiring profusely, Jackson said. When Burton called loudly to Love, he opened his eyes and denied ingesting anything, Jackson said.

Burton reported that Love appeared to be under the influence of narcotics, Jackson said.

Burton observed aluminum foil with burn marks in the passenger seat, and that the straw also had brown marks inside and a melted end, Jackson said.

Deputy Matt Bush and K-9 Diesel arrived to assist, when the police dog alerted officers to narcotics inside the vehicle. After exiting the vehicle, Love was asked what was in the aluminum foil and he told police it was heroin, Jackson said. Aluminum foil was also found in a box on the passenger seat.

Love was transported by ambulance to Columbus Regional Hospital, then afterward taken to the Bartholomew County Jail.

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Kirk Johannesen is assistant managing editor of The Republic. He can be reached at johannesen@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5639.