High-water rescue turns into drug arrest for Columbus woman

Andrea Bush. Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department.

Columbus police rescued a driver from high water early this morning, only to arrest her on drug-related charges.

29-year-old Andrea N. Bush allegedly drove around road closure signs and barricades and tried to cross a flooded section of Jonesville Road at about 12:20 this morning, says Lt. Matt Harris with the Columbus Police Department. The water, which covered the vehicle’s hood, stalled out the engine, stranding her in the floodwaters.

Police, firefighters and the Bartholomew County Water Rescue Team, saved Bush from her vehicle, but police discovered that she did not have a driver’s license. They also found that she was carrying marijuana, cocaine and prescription pills, along with drug paraphernalia.

She is facing preliminary charges of possession of cocaine, a legend drug, a controlled substance, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, as well as driving without a license.

The Bartholomew County Water Rescue Team and Columbus Fire Department assisted during this incident.