Traffic stop leads to drug-related arrest

On February 25, 2021, approximately 1:08 a.m., Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputy Grant Carlson, observed a vehicle make a traffic infraction in the area of W 650 N/N US 31.  After initiating a traffic stop, the driver, identified as Brian Bay, 50, Columbus, was found to have a suspended driver’s license; however, Bay had court ordered specialized driving privileges.

During the course of the investigation, Deputy Carlson found Bay to be in violation of the court ordered privileges. 

Columbus Police Officer Schrader, responded to the scene and deployed K9 Argo who alerted to the odor of narcotics inside the vehicle. 

Deputies located methamphetamine, syringes, a scale and prescription medication that did not belong to Bay.

Bay was taken to the Bartholomew County Jail on preliminary charges involving allegations of:

Possession of methamphetamine

Possession of a legend drug

Violation of specialized driving privileges

Bay remains in BCJ in lieu of $125,000 bond.

All persons are considered innocent unless/until proven guilty in a court of law.

Brian Bay

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