Driver arrested, accused of running over mailboxes

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a local man who is accused of driving while intoxicated and running over mailboxes on National Road near Base Road southeast of Columbus.

In addition to the charge of driving while intoxicated, Osvaldo Gomes, 37, 365 S. National Road, was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle without ever receiving a license and failure to stop after an accident, deputies said.

Deputy Terrance Holderness was sent to National Road at about 7:34 p.m. Sunday after a report was filed regarding a white Ford running over two mailboxes. Holderness found the vehicle at Woodlawn Mobile Home Park and found Gomes, who said he didn’t recall hitting any mailboxes, deputies said. Deputy Jon Lanning located the mailboxes in the 600 block of South National Road.

Holderness detected an odor of alcohol on Gomes and took him to the Bartholomew County Jail, deputies said.

Gomes was released from the jail after posting an $11,000 bond, jail officials said.