Driver arrested after hit-and-run accident

Columbus police arrested a Columbus man after a hit-and-run crash was reported at Eighth and Brown streets.

Mariano Alarcon-Rodriguez, 37, 6796 Bonesteel Drive, is being held at the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bond, jail officials said.

Following the accident about 4:10 p.m. Saturday, he was arrested on preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a previous conviction within five years, operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol level greater than 0.15 percent, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury and operating a vehicle without ever obtaining a license, said Sgt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

The driver of the other vehicle involved in the hit-and-run suffered minor injuries, Harris said.

The vehicle that Alarcon-Rodriguez was driving, a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta, was located by an Indiana State Police excise officer and a Bartholomew County sheriff’s deputy in the 6700 block of Bonesteel Drive, Harris said. The Jetta had heavy front-end damage, Harris said.

When Columbus police arrived, officers noted Alarcon-Rodriguez had slurred speech and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy, Harris said. He told officers he had consumed six beers, Harris said.

After Alarcon-Rodriguez failed several field sobriety tests, he was taken to the Columbus Police Department for a certified breath test, which registered at 0.239 percent, nearly three times the legal limit, Harris said.

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