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Police pullover results in drug arrest

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A Monday morning traffic stop resulted in the arrest of a Columbus man on drug charges.

Brian Keith Dunbar, 44, of 641 N. Cherry St. was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and driving while suspended.

Dunbar’s pickup truck was pulled over at 4:30 a.m. Monday near 25th Street and Taylor Road for having a broken headlight, Columbus Police spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said.

Sgt. Jennifer Van Vactor decided to arrest Dunbar after learning his driver’s license was suspended.

During a body search, the officer found a smoking pipe in Dunbar’s pocket, and a search of the truck turned up two plastic bags containing a powder that police believe is methamphetamine, Myers said.

Myers estimated that CPD is now averaging three to five traffic stops per week that lead to a felony arrest, with most of those cases involving methamphetamine.

“It’s alarming to the community because (the offenders) could be driving while under the influence of this addictive and dangerous drug,” Myers said.

Possession of methamphetamine over three grams is a Class D felony while the remaining arrest charges against Dunbar are misdemeanors, Myers said.

Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash will determine what, if any, charges will be filed.

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