Police: Driver crashed through signs, hit utility pole and house

Clarissa Johnson. Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department.

Columbus police say that a woman who crashed into a house Monday night is facing drunk driving charges as well as being accused of attacking hospital staff.

The crash happened at about 9:35 p.m. last night at Sycamore and Eighth Street when 35 year old Clarissa D. Johnson lost control of her car, struck a pedestrian crossing sign, a utility pole, a street sign and a stop sign before finally crashing into a porch.

Police said that the noticed the strong smell of alcohol on her breath, her speech was slurred and she had poor balance. Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the police department, says that Johnson was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital to be checked out and to have a blood test done. But while there, she allegedly began fighting with hospital staff and security.

She was arrested on preliminary charges of battery on a public safety official and operating a vehicle while intoxicated with endangerment.