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Traffic stop leads drunken driving arrest, pot stash


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A traffic stop early Monday ended in police arresting a Columbus man for reportedly possessing more than a pound of marijuana and having a blood-alcohol content more than four times the legal limit.

Carlos Camacho, 43, has been charged with dealing in marijuana, possession of marijuana and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, according to booking information from the Bartholomew County Jail.

After seeing a motorist driving erratically shortly after 2 a.m., Sgt. Kris Weisner of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department pulled the driver over near County Road 325W and Lowell Road in the Lowell Addition, west of Columbus, said Maj. Todd Noblitt, a spokesman for the sheriff’s department.

After Weisner determined that the driver was intoxicated, a subsequent search revealed the marijuana, Noblitt said.

A test administered at the scene indicated that Camacho had a blood-alcohol level of .364 percent, Noblitt said. The legal limit .08.

Due to his high level of intoxication, Camacho was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment before being transported to the jail, Noblitt said.

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