City man faces drug-related charges

Columbus police arrested a local man who was found slumped over the wheel of his truck at a busy intersection.

Roderic F. Jernigan, 57, 6858 Continental Drive, was arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated — with a previous conviction within the past five years — and possession of drug paraphernalia, said Sgt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police spokesman.

Police were sent to the intersection of 25th and Washington streets about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, where they found Jernigan asleep and slumped over the wheel of his 1990 Nissan truck, Harris said.

The officers woke Jernigan up and when speaking with him detected a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, Harris said. When he left the truck, Jernigan failed several field sobriety tests, Harris said. At the Columbus Police Department, Jernigan tested at .267 percent blood alcohol content, more than three times the legal limit, Harris said.

Jernigan was taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, where he is being held in lieu of $10,000 bond, jail officials said.

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