Missing tail lights lead to drug arrest


David A. Ward
David A. Ward

A Columbus man driving with no taillights ended up facing drug charges after a traffic stop Friday night.

At about 10:47 p.m. Friday, Bartholomew County Deputy Leah Burton, noticed the vehicle in front of her patrol car on Jonathan Moore Pike had no tail lights. When the deputy pulled the driver over, he put his hands into the air and told the officer that he was driving on a suspended license, says Judy Jackson, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department.

A records search revealed that the driver, 45-year-old David Ward of Columbus was wanted on a warrant out of Marion County. After being arrested, deputies allegedly found Ward was carrying a glass pipe with white residue. At the jail, he was also allegedly found to be carrying a black baggy with what appeared to be methamphetamine.

Ward is facing preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license.