Motorcyclist arrested on drug-related charges

Columbus police arrested a motorcyclist on drug-related charges after an off-duty officer saw him speeding near 25th Street and Central Avenue.

Robert D. Zambrano, 44, 513 Patterson Road, was observed exceeding the speed limit on the motorcycle at 9:40 p.m. Monday, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

The officer also said the motorcycle did not have a license plate and matched the description of a motorcycle that had fled from officers on a number of occasions earlier this year, Harris said.

The off-duty officer followed the motorcycle until the rider illegally parked it in a fire lane outside a bar in the 3000 block of North National Road, Harris said. The off-duty officer contacted Zambrano, who had entered the bar and later confirmed Zambrano did not have a license, Harris said.

When searching for Zambrano, officers found a small amount of methamphetamine in his clothing, Harris said.

The motorcycle was impounded and Zambrano was arrested on preliminary charges of felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while suspended with a previous conviction and operating a vehicle without ever receiving a license, Harris said.

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

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.