Traffic stop ends in arrest on drug charges

A Columbus man was arrested on drug-related charges after his vehicle was stopped for a minor traffic violation on Mapleton Street near McKinley Avenue.

Columbus Police Officer Brandon Decker saw the vehicle fail to signal a turn at 12:35 a.m. Thursday and identified the driver as Robert M. Bulthuis, 30, of 1324 Chestnut St., said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Decker determined Bulthuis had a suspended driver’s license, and in the process of taking him into custody found a bag of marijuana, a small amount of methamphetamine and a pipe in Bulthuis’ clothing, Harris said.

Bulthuis was taken to the Bartholomew County Jail on preliminary charges of driving while suspended with a previous conviction, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, Harris said.

He was released from jail after posting bond, which was set at $70,000, 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.