Authorities say woman driving at 4 times legal limit

A Columbus woman was arrested on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated after testing more than four times the legal limit.

Natalie L. Hall, 51, 2127 10th St., was released from the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bond, jail officials said.

Hall tested at 0.333 blood-alcohol content, Columbus police said. Indiana’s legal limit is .08 percent.

Columbus Police were called to a gas station in the 1600 block of Central Avenue about 9:22 p.m. Saturday on a report of a possibly impaired driver who was observed staggering in the parking lot, said Sgt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police spokesman.

When officers arrived, they saw two vehicles that appeared to have been in a minor accident, Harris said.

The officers spoke to the drivers of the vehicles and noted that Hall had slurred speech and difficulty maintaining her balance, Harris said.

Officers also observed an open bottle of whiskey on the floorboard behind the driver’s seat of Hall’s vehicle, Harris said.

After Hall completed sobriety exercises, she was taken to the police department where a certified chemical breath test was administered.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.