James Hudson Gallops III's encounter with police began with a dangling tag light. But when he attempted to rid himself of a small package of methamphetamine, the traffic stop escalated, according to court testimony.
Gallops, 36, faced charges for abandoning a controlled substance, methamphetamine, marijuana and drug related objects possession, driving with a suspended license, no proof of insurance and a tag light violation during a Wednesday morning Recorder's Court hearing.
After Columbus Police Cpl. Jason Swails spotted Gallops driving on Veterans Parkway with the broken tag light Tuesday, he attempted a traffic stop. Gallops kept going and tossed an object out the passenger window as he drove, Swails said.
Officers were able to confront Gallops soon after he stopped near 43rd Street at about 2 a.m. At first, the suspect allegedly denied that anything had been thrown out of the window. But after police searched the area and found a small panda-print package containing a gram of marijuana and a small amount of meth.
Inside Gallops' pocket, police found $760 in cash and a cell phone. In his car, police allege another amount of meth was found three grams total during the search.
Gallops entered a not guilty plea during the hearing. Judge Michael Cielinski set his bond at $11,750.