Drug arrest made in Gnaw Bone after man tries to flee

GNAW BONE — Indiana State Police arrested a Columbus man on drug-related charges after a traffic stop in Brown County.

Trooper Chris Griggs stopped Jami M. Martin, 58, Columbus, on State Road 46 near Gnaw Bone at about 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, state police said.

Martin attempted to leave the vehicle while Griggs told him to stay in the vehicle, state police said. Martin placed the vehicle in gear, traveled west through a parking lot, then through a yard and attempted to get back on State Road 46, troopers said.

Martin then fled on foot behind nearby homes, but Griggs caught him a short time later, troopers said.

Nashville Police Officer Matt Hatchett and Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. William Southerland and Lt. Mike Moore arrived to assist.

With the assistance of Southerland’s K-9, officers reported finding two bags of a crystal-type substance under a tree where Martin had been. Also found with the substance was a hat that Martin had been wearing when he fled, troopers said.

The substance was later identified as methamphetamine, state police said.

Martin was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine over 3 grams, a Level 5 felony, felony resisting law enforcement, felony obstruction of justice and misdemeanor resisting law enforcement, according to the state police.

He was released from the Brown County jail after posting $10,000 bond, jail officials said.