Crash into street sign leads to OWI arrest

A local man was arrested on multiple charges after a Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputy saw him traveling at a high rate of speed on Central Avenue and hitting a street sign on Pinebrook Drive.

Sheriff’s Capt. David Steinkoenig told Columbus police he saw Isaiah K. Slachter, 20, 3859 Rosewood Lane, driving on Central Avenue at about 6 p.m. Friday and losing control of the vehicle before hitting the sign, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police spokesman.

Steinkoenig also told police he found a sawed-off shotgun and alcohol inside the vehicle, Harris said.

Officer Alyson Rech spoke with Slachter, who failed several field sobriety tests at the scene, Harris said. Officers also found medication in Slachter’s coat that was not prescribed to him, Harris said. Slachter was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for a blood draw and then taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, Harris said.

Slachter was arrested on charges of operating while intoxicated, possession of a controlled substance and illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage, Harris said. He has been released in lieu of $10,000 bond, jail officials said.

Slachter was unable to provide officers with any paperwork for the shotgun, Harris said. The weapon is being held at the police department property room pending more investigation, Harris said.

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