Traffic stop leads to arrest of wanted Columbus woman

Columbus Police arrested a local woman on drug charges and a warrant after a traffic stop on Sunday afternoon.

Columbus Police Department (CPD) Spokesman Lt. Matt Harris says that at approximately 3:20 p.m., C.O.P.P.S. (Community Oriented Policing and

Kari Kinser; Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Dept.
Kari Kinser; Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Dept.

Problem Solving) Officer Troy Love reported seeing an unsecured passenger in the front seat of a vehicle near Eighth Street and Hutchins Avenue. Love spoke with the driver, 39-year-old Kari A. Kinser, of Columbus. Love confirmed that Kinser had a local warrant for her arrest and she was taken into custody without incident.

Harris says that once Kinser was in custody, Love searched a backpack that was inside the vehicle and located a black bag with a lock on it. Love said that the bag was partially open, displaying syringes inside. CPD obtained a search warrant to open the bag. Inside, CPD officials reported finding ten syringes, drug paraphernalia, and three bags containing a small amount of methamphetamine.

Police say that Kinser was booked in the Bartholomew County Jail on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Legend Drug Injection Device. In addition, authorities say that Kinser is being held on a warrant out of Bartholomew County Superior Court II on an original charge of Conversion.