Broken license plate light leads to drug arrest

Driving without a working light on their license plate, led to the arrest of two men in Columbus last night, one on a slew of drug charges.

Carl Bill. Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department.

27-year-old Carl E. Bill was driving an SUV near Indiana and Gladstone avenues at about 11:30 p.m. last night, when Columbus police pulled over the vehicle. Bill’s license was suspended and a Columbus police dog alerted to the smell of narcotics inside the vehicle and a search of the SUV revealed a syringe behind the driver’s seat, says Officer Alyson Rech, spokeswoman for the city police..

When police searched Bill they allegedly found a small container with a burnt spoon, aluminum foil containing heroin, and a hand-rolled joint, Rech says. Officers also found a suboxone strip in Bill’s wallet and a small bag of methamphetamine.

Christopher Browning. Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department

He is facing charges for possessing the drugs and drug paraphernalia as well as driving while suspended.

The passenger, 26-year-old Christopher J. Browning was also arrested on two outstanding Bartholomew County warrants.