Fire hydrant accident results in man’s arrest on OWI charge

Columbus police arrested a Seymour man who is accused of driving around a line of cars while attempting to enter a parking lot and hitting a fire hydrant.

Horacio J. Tamariz, 57, of Seymour was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15 percent or more and leaving the scene of a property-damage crash and was cited for operating a vehicle without ever receiving a license and operating a vehicle without proof of insurance, police said.

At about 7:40 a.m. Tuesday, Officer Eric Kapczynski was sent to the 8200 block of South International Drive about an accident, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Officers spoke with a security guard there who said Tamariz drove around a long line of cars to enter a parking lot and then hit a fire hydrant when he left the roadway, Harris said.

Tamariz’s 2001 Ford Windstar had significant front-end damage, Harris said. Kapczynski said Tamariz’s speech was slurred and he was having trouble maintaining his balance. After failing several sobriety tests, officers said the results of a certified breath test were 0.186 percent, more than double the legal limit, police said.

Tamariz was released from the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $8,000 bond, jail officials said.

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