Traffic stop ends in arrests

Police: Vehicle had no license plate; found drugs in side of door

Columbus police arrested two people after a traffic stop near McKinley Avenue and McClure Road.

Officer Drake Maddix saw a vehicle without a license plate at 12:10 a.m. Sunday near the intersection and spoke to the driver, Randal Davis, 21, of 2126 Cherry St., and his passenger, Parker C. Dean Harsh, 22, of 16200 E. County Road 265N, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Officers learned a short time later that Davis had a suspended driver’s license and he was taken into custody, Harris said. While searching the vehicle, officers found a bag of methamphetamine in the vehicle’s passenger side door compartment. After locating the narcotics, officers took Harsh into custody, too, Harris said.

A continued search of the vehicle resulted in officers finding several syringes. Officers also found marijuana in Harsh’s wallet after he was arrested, Harris said.

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Davis was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of a legend drug-injection device and driving while suspended with a prior conviction, Harris said. Davis was being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $62,500 bond, jail officials said.

Harsh was arrested on charges of possession of a legend drug-injection device, possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana, Harris said. He was being held in lieu of $118,500 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.