Traffic stop for speeding results in meth arrest

Columbus police arrested an Elizabethtown man on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine after a traffic stop for speeding.

The traffic stop happened at about 6 p.m. Saturday near 13th Street and Central Avenue, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Nicholas J. Johnson, 39, of 9555 N. County Road 700W, Elizabethtown, who was arrested after a Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department canine alerted to the odor of narcotics in the vehicle and officers found about 17 grams of methamphetamine under the driver’s seat, Harris said.

Johnson is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $90,000 bond, 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.