An Edinburgh man was arrested early Sunday morning after he was seen traveling northbound in the southbound lanes on US 31, nearly struck a Columbus Police Department patrol car who then tried to stop him. Lt. Matt Harris, CPD spokesman, says that at approximately 4:40 a.m., Officer Danielle Stigers attempted to stop the vehicle when it nearly struck her patrol car and sped past her at a high rate of speed. Stigers was able to get the vehicle stopped on US 31 near Market Street and took the driver, 52-year-old Johnnie K. Streeval, into custody.
Harris says that Streeval refused all field sobriety tests as well as a blood test. Officers later received a search warrant for a blood test and Streeval was eventually arrested on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated with a Prior Conviction Within Five Years, and Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated with a BAC of .15% or Greater.