Indy man arrested on driving while intoxicated charges

Columbus Police arrested an Indianapolis man on several alcohol-related charges after a breath test revealed his alcohol level was three times the legal limit for driving.

Kevin E. Rice, 47, 7101 Hearthstone Way, Indianapolis, was arrested at about 7:30 a.m. Sunday on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a previous conviction, operating a vehicle with a breath alcohol level of more than .15 percent and Johnson County arrest warrants for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police spokesman.

Officers Frank Dickman and Adam Behmlander found Rice after he had left Interstate 65 at the Columbus exit and turned into a gas station parking lot on Jonathan Moore Pike, Harris said. Police had been notified that an impaired driver was on the interstate near Columbus.

While speaking with Rice, officers said his balance was poor and he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, Harris said. Several open beers were found inside Rice’s vehicle, Harris said.

After Rice failed several field sobriety tests, he gave a certified chemical breath test which had a result of .236 percent alcohol level, Harris said.

Rice is being held without bond in the Bartholomew County Jail, 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.