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Protection-order complaint leads to drug arrest

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Police said a pipe was found in the front seat of a vehicle owned by a Taylorsville man being sought for violating a protective order.

Gregory A. Hill, 48, of 7650 Fawn Court, was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine, a Class D felony. He is also facing additional charges of possession of paraphernalia and invasion of privacy, both misdemeanors.

At 3:20 a.m. Saturday, a woman who obtained the protective order notified police that Hill was parked outside her home in the 3600 block of Central Avenue, Columbus Police spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said.

Although police had just served the protective order a few hours earlier, the woman said Hill got out of the vehicle and approached her as she was trying to get ready to go to work, Myers said.

The woman, who had a female friend staying with her, told police Hill fled at a high rate of speed after she threatened to call 911, Myers said.

Based on an earlier tip, Hill was found in the area of Sixth and Smith streets as he was walking toward his truck, Myers said. As police approached, Hill quickly slammed the vehicle door in what appeared to officers to be an effort to stop them from looking inside, Myers said.

That prompted a patrolman to peek inside, where he saw a clear glass smoking pipe in the front driver’s seat, Myers said. As Hill was being handcuffed, he attempted to break away, but the Taylorsville man was quickly subdued, Myers said.

At first, Hill denied that the pipe, which contained a drug residue, was his. However, a vehicle search turned up an envelope containing what investigators believe to be methamphetamine, Myers said.

Hill was booked into the Bartholomew County Jail at 4:19 a.m. Saturday. He was released later that morning after posting a $1,000 cash bond.

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

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