Driver arrested after drugs thrown from vehicle

Brian L. Bay
Brian L. Bay

Columbus police report that a man was arrested after allegedly throwing drugs out a vehicle window during a traffic stop near 12th and Franklin streets.

Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the department, said officers tried to stop a vehicle at 2:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon over a minor traffic violation. But before the vehicle stopped, the officer saw the driver allegedly throw a small bag out the passenger side window.

The driver, 45-year-old Brian L. Bay of Columbus was found to be a habitual traffic violator and as he was arrested, officers searched the vehicle and found drug paraphernalia, Harris said. The bag Bay allegedy threw contained what appeared to be methamphetamine.

Bay is facing additional charges of possession of methampetamine, and drug paraphernalia. He was also wanted on a Bartholomew County warrant for operating a motor vehicle under the influence, Harris said.