Head-on crash results in intoxication arrest

A local man was arrested on two preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated after being involved in a head-on crash.

Cody T. Maddox, 25, 2640 Joseph Cox Court, was arrested on charges of operating while intoxicated and operating while intoxicated-endangerment after the 12:15 a.m. Sunday crash near Poshard Drive and Deerbrook Drive, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police spokesman.

Columbus Police officers Travis Harbaugh and Chad Lehman were sent to the crash and saw that both vehicles involved in the crash, a 2001 Ford Crown Victoria and a 2011 Hyundai Tucson, had extensive front-end damage.

Marissa Abner, 21, Columbus, told police that the driver of the Crown Victoria, later identified as Maddox, was traveling east on Poshard when he left the roadway, overcorrected and then hit her vehicle head-on, Harris said.

Maddox told officers he could not remember what happened, Harris said. Officers noted that Maddox was slurring his speech and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy, Harris said.

Abner and Maddox were taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, and Abner was later released. While at the hospital Maddox consented to a blood draw and was then arrested on the preliminary charges, Harris said.

Maddox is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $7,500 bond, jail officials said.

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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.