Intoxicated driver in Columbus thought he was near Kokomo

Columbus police arrested a driver from LaPorte on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated after he told them he thought he was driving just south of Kokomo.

Sgt. Ben Goodin saw a vehicle attempting to turn around in a driveway in the 600 block of North National Road at 9 p.m. Thursday and stopped the vehicle, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

The driver, Philip L. Keeling, 36, had slurred speech and his eyes were bloodshot, Harris said.

When police asked Keeling where he was, he told officers that he thought he was just south of Kokomo, Harris said.

After Keeling failed several field sobriety tests, he provided a portable breath sample of .251 percent, more than three times the .08 percent legal limit, Harris said.

Keeling was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for a blood test, and then to the Bartholomew County Jail, Harris said.

He is being held in the jail in lieu of $2,500 bond, 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.