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CPD: Man arrested after traffic stop

By Officer Adam Cravens, PIO
Columbia Police Department

The Columbia Police Department initiated a traffic stop early Saturday morning on HWY 61 Burksville Street just after 3amCT.

During the stop, K9 Unit Nitro from the Adair Co. Sheriff's Office was deployed and alerted on vehicle. A subsequent search yielded findings of suspected methamphetamine, and the male operator was taken into custody.

After arriving at Adair Regional Jail, the arresting officer observed subject chewing and quickly swallowing an unknown object as he was being taken out of the police cruiser.

Adair EMS was called to scene and the subject was taken to TJ Health Columbia for observation before being released and transported back to Adair Regional Jail.


Matthew Stapleton, 29, of Columbia, has been charged with careless driving, possession of methamphetamine, and tampering with physical evidence.

Officer Justin Cross was the arresting Officer. He was assisted on scene by Officer Trevor Foster and Deputy Chandler Staten.


This story was posted on 2022-08-20 15:38:12
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