Moped driver arrested after traffic stop

Columbus police arrested an Elizabethtown man on drug-related charges after he was observed committing a traffic violation on a moped.

Officers saw Paul M. Atkins, 31, disregard a stop sign at Marr Road and McKinley Avenue at 12:30 a.m. Thursday, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman. Officers stopped Atkins a short time later and determined he did not have a driver’s license, Harris said.

When placing him under arrest and searching his clothing, officers found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, Harris said. Atkins was arrested on preliminary charges of operating a vehicle without a license, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine, Harris said.

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