Seymour man arrested after hit-and-run accident

Columbus police arrested two men after a hit-and-run crash was reported on State Road 7 in Bartholomew County.

At about 8:25 a.m. Tuesday, Columbus police were asked to check the area near Columbus East High School regarding a 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada being followed by a driver who witnessed the hit-and-run crash, said Sgt. Matt Harris, Columbus police spokesman.

East’s school resource officer Julie Quesenbery and patrolman Curtis Nelson stopped the Oldsmobile after they saw it traveling slowly on Clifty Drive and noticed it had damage consistent with the crash.

The driver, Gaspar Tomas Antonio, 25, 304 N. Blish St., Seymour, was arrested on a preliminary charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, Harris said.

Officers detected an odor of alcohol on Antonio’s breath, and Antonio failed several field sobriety tests before being transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for a blood draw, Harris said.

When Antonio opened the glove compartment to retrieve his registration, two beer cans fell out, Harris said.

Antonio was released from the Bartholomew County Jail after posting $5,000 bond, jail officials said

A passenger in Antonio’s vehicle, Jose Alejandro Santizo Velazquez, 22, 322 Indianapolis Ave., Seymour, was arrested on a Jackson County warrant, Harris said.

Velazquez is being held without bond in the Bartholomew County Jail, jail officials said.

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department is continuing to investigate the hit-and-run crash, Harris said.