2-vehicle accident results in arrest

Police: Man charged with OWI was more than 3 times over legal limit

Columbus police arrested a local man for operating a vehicle while intoxicated after he was accused of driving into the back of another vehicle.

Police were sent to 25th Street and Taylor Road Tuesday night about the accident, in which a 2007 Dodge Caliber driven by Christopher L. Arnold, 32, of 282 Wehmeier St., Columbus, rear-ended a 2016 Kia minivan, said Officer Alyson Rech, Columbus Police Department spokeswoman.

Arnold had slurred speech and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy, officers said. Arnold failed field sobriety tests at the scene and his breath test sample tested at .255 percent, more than triple the legal limit, Rech said.

Arnold was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for a blood-alcohol test and later taken to the Bartholomew County Jail on a preliminary charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated _ endangerment, Rech said.

He is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $12,500 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.