Three arrested after early morning traffic stop

Michael R. Jorgensen. Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department.

Three people were arrested after the vehicle they were in was stopped for a traffic violation early Thursday morning in downtown Columbus.

According to Columbus Police Department reports, officers stopped a vehicle at about 12:50 a.m. yesterday morning near 7th and California Streets for a minor traffic violation. Police said the driver at first gave a fake identity, but turned out to be 41-year-old Michael R. Jorgensen of Fountaintown. He was wanted on two outstanding warrants from Henry and Decatur counties.

As he was taken into custody, a search revealed methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in his clothes.

A passenger also gave a fake name and turned out to be 30-year-old Shara M. Turnbloom, of Edinburgh, who was wanted on a Decatur County warrant.

Shara Turnbloom. Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department.

Jorgensen was arrested for possessing the drugs and paraphernalia, false informing and the outstanding warrants. Turnbloom is facing a charge of false informing in addition to the warrant.

A juvenile was also in the car who turned out to be a runaway and was also taken into custody.