Traffic stop results in pair of drug arrests

A traffic stop involving a suspected impaired driver led to the arrest of two Columbus 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, of 1145 Driftwood Ave. He administered several field sobriety tests to Fox, which she did not pass, Harris said.

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.

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Officers also spoke with a front-seat passenger in the vehicle who officers said initially provided them with a false name. She was later identified as Suzanne M. Tice-Bryant, 50, of 1709 Central Ave., who was arrested on preliminary charges of visiting a common nuisance, false informing and a Bartholomew County warrant.

Fox has been released from the Bartholomew County Jail, jail officials said. Tice-Bryant is being held at the jail in lieu of $12,000 bond, jail officials said.

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