Discarded cigarette leads to man’s arrest

A Columbus man was arrested after police say he crossed the center line, almost collided with another vehicle and threw a burnt cigarette out the window.

Nashville Police Officer Kyle Seward was on patrol along State Road 46 East May 19 when Eric Hunt, 23, passed him and slowed down below the speed limit.

Seward began traveling behind Hunt and when the vehicles passed Creekside Retreat going east, Seward reported Hunt crossed the center line and almost collided with a westbound vehicle.

When Hunt threw a burnt cigarette out of his white Volkswagen, Seward stopped him, the report said.

Hunt told Seward and Officer Richard King that he did not know he couldn’t throw a burnt cigarette out of his window, the affidavit said.

Seward reported he could smell burnt marijuana. Hunt told the officer he had smoked prior going to work that day and the “roach” was still inside the vehicle.

Seward was going to issue Hunt a summons, but a check of his name showed that he was wanted out of Bartholomew County for failure to appear.

Hunt was then arrested and taken to the Brown County jail. He was charged the same day with possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor.