Three local men are in custody after they were arrested by Columbus Police Officers for driving under the influence over a 12-hour period.
Columbus Police Department Spokesman Sgt. Matt Harris says that at approximately 5:50 p.m. on Monday, Officer Ben Goodin observed a man acting erratically while stopped at the train tracks at Third Street and Lindsay Street. Goodin noted that the driver of a vehicle was flailing his arms and scratching the back of his head vigorously. Other motorists who were also stopped for the train motioned to Goodin out of concern. Goodin stopped the suspect, who was identified as 43-year-old Robert L. Woodruff, of Columbus.
Authorities say that Woodruff failed several roadside sobriety exercises, but passed a portable breath test. Goodin believed that Woodruff was under the influence of a drug and offered him a blood test. The officer also completed a Drug Recognition Expert test on Woodruff. At the conclusion of the tests, Woodruff was placed under arrest and booked in the Bartholomew County Jail on a preliminary charge of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated.
CPD officials say that at approximately 12:22 a.m. on Tuesday, Officer Kelly Hibbs reported witnessing a vehicle disregard a flashing red traffic signal at 10th Street and Central Avenue. Hibbs stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, 38-year-old Nathan K. Morton, of Columbus. Hibbs noted that Morton appeared intoxicated.
Police say that Morton failed several field sobriety tests, and was taken to the Columbus Police Department for a Certified Breath Test. The results of the test indicated a blood-alcohol content of .134 percent. The legal limit is .08 percent. Morton was arrested and booked in the Bartholomew County Jail on a preliminary charge of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated.
Columbus Police say the third incident took place at approximately 5:40 a.m. Tuesday. Officers responded to the 4800 block of Eastgate Drive in regards to a vehicle crash. The caller reported that a van had struck his son’s vehicle and the driver of the van had fled the area on foot. A short time after officers arrived, the driver of the van returned to the scene of the crash. He was identified as 22-year-old Christopher F. Calkins, of Columbus.
Officers say they had probable cause to believe that Calkins had operated a vehicle while intoxicated, so they transported him to the Columbus Police Department for a Certified Chemical Breath Test. The results of the test were .194 percent, nearly two-and-a-half times the legal limit.
Calkins was placed under arrest and booked in the Bartholomew County Jail on a preliminary charge of Operating a Motor Vehicle with a BAC of .15 percent or greater.