COPPS officers arrest fugitive

Zackary TownsendThe Columbus Police Department’s Community Oriented Policing and Problem-solving unit took a fugitive off of the city streets Thursday night.

Police Sgt. Kyle Young and Officer Troy Love with the COPPS unit noticed Zackary C. Townsend in the 100 block of Reo Street at about 7:40 p.m. Police knew Townsend was wanted on a warrant from Bartholomew Superior Court II for failing to appear in court on a charge of conversion. They took him into custody, but as they searched him they allegedly found methamphetamine inside a cigarette pack in his pocket, says Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus police department.

In addition to the warrant, Townsend is facing a preliminary charge of possession of methamphetamine, Harris says.