John Douglas / The Packet
Just after midnight Friday night, Bryan Holliness found himself in police custody after a minor traffic violation.
Holliness was pulled over at Sandfield One Stop by Columbus Police officer Joseph Strevel after allegedly running a stop sign. A quick check showed Holliness to be driving on a suspended license, which is an automatic arrest in Columbus.
While taking Holliness into custody, Strevel smelled what he believed to be marijuana in the man’s Nissan Altima. Additional officers arrived on scene to assist with the stop. Columbus officers Christian Benton and Canyon Boykin, with Lowndes County Deputy Michael Dulaney, searched the car from end to end. During their search, they noted strong smells of the green herb, especially near the rear passenger wheel well in the truck.
In the end, Holliness was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license, disobeying a traffic control device and possession of paraphernalia (for a pack of TOP rolling papers found on his person.)