Two arrested after traffic stop on 17th Street

A traffic stop involving a suspected impaired driver led to the arrest of two women.

Columbus Police Officer Matt Martindale saw a vehicle traveling on 17th Street across both westbound lanes near Gladstone Avenue at 8 p.m. Tuesday, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Martindale stopped the vehicle and contacted the driver identified as Connie J. Fox, 53, Columbus. He administered several field sobriety tests to Fox which she did not pass, Harris said.

Connie J. Fox
Connie J. Fox
Suzanne M. Tice-Bryant
Suzanne M. Tice-Bryant

Methamphetamine and a glass pipe were located under her seat in the vehicle. Fox was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for a blood draw and later taken to the Bartholomew County Jail on preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.

Officers also spoke with a front seat passenger in the vehicle who officers said initially provided them with a false name. She was eventually identified as Suzanne M. Tice-Bryant, 50, Columbus, who was arrested on preliminary charges of visiting a common nuisance, false informing and a Bartholomew County warrant.

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Republic.

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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.