Local driver arrested after accused of hitting fire hydrant

Charles Wininger

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Columbus police arrested a local man early Sunday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after he was accused of hitting a fire hydrant with his vehicle and leaving the scene of the crash.

Officers were sent to the area of 29th Street and Fairlawn Avenue about the accident and saw that the fire hydrant was damaged near Tulip Drive and Fairlawn Drive, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

The officers located a damaged truck near Fairlawn Drive and Fairlawn Court and spoke to the driver, Charles W. Wininger, 32, of 3033 Fairlawn Drive, a short time later.

While speaking with Wininger, the officers noted that his speech was slurred and he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, Harris said. The officers administered several field sobriety tests to Wininger as well as a portable breath test.

Wininger was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for a blood draw and eventually placed under arrest, Harris said.

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