Intoxicated driver arrested after ‘burn-outs’ at stop signs

A driver accused of operating a vehicle recklessly was arrested on multiple charges, including operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Warner was sent to Tenth Street near Central Avenue in Columbus and saw the vehicle at 11th Street and Lafayette Avenue where the vehicle did a “burn-out” when taking off from the stop signs at Lafayette and Franklin streets, deputies said.

When Warner attempted to stop the vehicle, driven by Jorge Huberto Chavez, 37, 931 Pearl St., Chavez ran the traffic light at 11th and Washington streets and drove north on Washington at a high rate of speed, deputies said. He stopped the vehicle at the intersection of 14th and Washington streets, deputies said.

Chavez appeared to be intoxicated and Warner saw alcoholic beverage bottles inside the vehicle, deputies said.

Chavez told Warner he did not have a driver’s license and investigators confirmed Chavez had a felony warrant pending from Jennings County, deputies said.

He was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital to be checked before being arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, operating a vehicle without ever receiving a license and the felony warrant. He was also cited for three traffic violations in the incident.

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