Irate customer arrested after disturbance over drive-thru order

Columbus police arrested an irate customer on alcohol-related charges after he became upset about his order and was accused of honking his horn and beating on the restaurant’s glass doors.

Columbus Police Officer Josh McCrary was sent to the 600 block of Third Street at about 2 a.m. Saturday after restaurant workers reported the disturbance, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman. Police said Mata had been honking his vehicle’s horn and later exited his vehicle and began beating on the restaurant’s glass doors.

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department also responded and made contact with the driver of the vehicle, Luis C. Mata, 20, Indianapolis, Harris said. Deputies said they could smell the odor of alcoholic beverages on Mata’s breath and noted his eyes were bloodshot and glassy, Harris said.

After Mata failed several field sobriety tests, he was taken to the Columbus Police Department where he provided a breath sample of .208 percent, which is more than double the legal limit, Harris said. Mata was arrested on charges of illegal consumption and operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .15 percent or greater.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Republic.