Driver arrested for OWI after crashing into fire truck

Photo provided Columbus police provided this photo of a vehicle that crashed into the back of a Columbus fire truck Monday night.

A local man was arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated after he crashed his car into the back of a Columbus fire truck on Monday night.

At about 11:10 p.m., CPD officers responded to the area of Central Avenue and 25th Street in regards to a crash involving a Hyundai passenger car and a Columbus fire truck, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

When officers arrived, they made contact with the driver of the Hyundai, who was later identified as Cameron S. Barrix, 23, of 2536 Wyndham Place, Columbus. While speaking with Barrix, the officers noted that he had the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath and they also observed his eyes were bloodshot and glassy, Harris said.

Barrix failed several field sobriety tests at the scene of the crash and was later transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for a blood draw, Harris said. Upon completion of the blood draw, Barrix was placed under arrest and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail on a preliminary charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

Barrix was released under the county’s arrest proxy program that allows qualifying defendants to be released from jail without posting bond pending their first court date.

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