Local man arrested after early morning traffic stop

A local man was arrested on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement and drug possession after a traffic stop.

Columbus police officers stopped a truck at 1 a.m. Monday near Cherry Street and Wallace Avenue after observing the vehicle’s brake lights were not working, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Officers said the truck’s driver, Steven E. Adam, 56, appeared visibly nervous while speaking about the condition of the vehicle, Harris said.

A CPD canine alerted to the odor of narcotics coming from the vehicle, Harris said. When officers ordered Adam to exit his vehicle, he refused. A struggle ensued and a short time later Adam was removed from the truck and taken into custody, Harris said.

While searching Adam, officers found drug paraphernalia as well as marijuana and methamphetamine in his clothing, Harris said.

Adam was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting law enforcement, Harris said.

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