Seymour man arrested after hitting fire hydrant with minivan

Columbus police arrested a Seymour man who is accused of driving around a line of cars while attempting to enter a parking lot and hitting a fire hydrant.

Horacio J. Tamariz, 57, 822 N. Ewing St., Seymour, was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of .15 percent or more, leaving the scene of a property damage crash, and was cited for operating a vehicle without ever receiving a license and operating a vehicle without proof of insurance, police said.

At about 7:40 a.m. Tuesday, Officer Eric Kapczynski was sent to the 8200 block of South International Drive about an accident, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Officers spoke with a security guard there who said Tamariz drove around a long line of cars to enter a parking lot and then hit a fire hydrant when he left the roadway, Harris said.

Tamariz’ 2001 Ford Windstar had significant front end damage, Harris said. Kapczynski said Tamariz’ speech was slurred and he was having trouble maintaining his balance. After failing several sobriety tests, officers said the results of a certified breath test were .186 percent, more than double the legal limit, police said.

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