Man arrested for driving as habitual violator

A Columbus man who’d lost his license was caught driving in Brown County and now faces a felony, police say.

On July 1, Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Stargell pulled over a vehicle driven by Jesse I. Johns, 30, on East State Road 46. He reported he had seen it go “partially past the fog line” and drive below the speed limit, a probable cause affidavit states.

Johns told Stargell he kept looking over and talking to his passenger.

A check of driver records confirmed that Johns was a habitual traffic violator whose license had been suspended beginning May 3 for five years, the affidavit said.

Johns was booked into the Brown County jail and charged July 5 with a Level 6 felony.