Traffic stop leads to arrest of Columbus man

A local man was arrested on drug-related charges after he was spotted driving a vehicle without a license plate.

Bartholomew County sheriff’s deputy Jessica Pendleton stopped the vehicle in the 9600 block of South County Road 100W at 12:32 p.m. Saturday, deputies said.

The driver — identified as Michael Tanner, 31, of 2226 N. Cherry St. — told the deputy he had recently purchased the vehicle. However, deputies learned Tanner was driving the vehicle while having a suspended license, deputies said. Tanner also told deputies he had drug-related paraphernalia in his possession, which included a bag of heroin.

In addition to being cited for driving while suspended with a prior conviction, Tanner was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of heroin and possession of paraphernalia, deputies said.

He was being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $80,000 bond, jail officials said.