Traffic stop disturbance leads to woman’s arrest

A North Vernon woman was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana after she was accused of causing a disturbance during a traffic stop.

Columbus police stopped a vehicle near Central Avenue and Laurel Drive at 12:45 a.m. Thursday, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

While the officer was trying to speak with the driver about the license plate, one of the vehicle’s back seat occupants, Rachel A. Cardoso-Nelson, 28, of 306 Hoosier St., North Vernon, began to complain loudly about being the vehicle being stopped, Harris said.

A short time later, Cardoso-Nelson was observed with her body partially outside one of the rear car door windows as she continued to yell at officers, Harris said.

Cardoso-Nelson was ordered several times to lower her voice. However, she refused to do so and was taken into custody, Harris said. Officers later located a small amount of marijuana in one of the woman’s pants pockets, Harris said.

Cardoso-Nelson was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail on preliminary charges of disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana. She was released from jail after posting $7,000 bond, jail officials said.

It was determined that the vehicle that was stopped had been recently purchased, Harris said. The driver of the vehicle was cited for not having a valid license and was released from the scene.

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