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.