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Arrest made after routine traffic stop

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A routine traffic stop led to the arrest of a Columbus, Ind., man early Wednesday morning.

According to Brazil Police Department Chief Clint McQueen, officers stopped a vehicle driven by Charles J. Burton, 25, Columbus, at the intersection of McGuire and Knight streets at approximately 2:26 a.m., Wednesday.

The traffic stop, according to McQueen, was for improper signaling.

During the stop, Burton allegedly told officers he recently purchased the vehicle, but did not have the title.

In addition, the vehicle did not have proper plates, and Burton allegedly said he did not have auto insurance.

McQueen said officers allowed Burton and his passenger to take some items from the vehicle as they conducted a routine inventory of the items in the car prior to the vehicle being impounded.

As the passenger in the vehicle was attempting to take a red bag out of the car, officers helped by shining a light and witnessed what appeared to be a gun in the bag.

McQueen said the passenger and Burton were both placed in handcuffs to "maintain safety."

The gun was later determined to be a BB pistol.

As officers were removing the gun from the bag, they noticed an expandable baton between the driver and passenger seat in addition to a leather zipped pouch, which had a substance in it.

McQueen said officers also discovered measuring scales and a bag with a white powder substance in the vehicle, as well as a syringe inside the bag and two unopened packages of lithium batteries.

The substances were later field tested and determined to be methamphetamine.

While the passenger was released at the scene, Burton was arrested and taken to the Clay County Justice Center.

He faced a preliminary charge of Possession of Methamphetamine.

Burton was booked on a bond of $7,000, with no 10 percent allowed, but bonded out of the Justice Center early Wednesday morning.

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