Police: intoxicated driver report leads to arrest

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a local man on multiple charges after being sent to check on a possible intoxicated driver.

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department deputy Teancum Clark was sent to County Road 450S to check on a driver at 2:53 a.m. Wednesday, deputies said. Clark saw a truck on County Road 450S turn into a gas station and saw the male driver, who appeared to be intoxicated, walking in.

As he approached, Clark said he could smell alcohol on Mark Winters, 60, 8899 W. County Road 100W, deputies said. An open alcoholic beverage was found inside Winter’s truck as well as beer and soda cans poked with holes containing green leafy substances, burnt residue and a clear plastic wrapper containing a green leafy substance, deputies said.

Winters was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital to be checked and reportedly became verbally abusive to hospital staff and spat on Clark, deputies said. Winters was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, battery by bodily waste, public intoxication and battery on law enforcement by bodily waste, deputies said.

He is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $34,500 bond, jail officials said.