Burning vehicle leads to drunk driving arrest

James Handley
James Handley

A Columbus man spun his truck’s tires to the point where they burst into flames. That’s after getting stuck on a concrete culvert while allegedly driving drunk Saturday night.

Sgt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department, says officers were dispatched to the 4700 block of Ray Boll Boulevard because a truck was on fire at about 9:40 p.m. Saturday. They found a Chevy pickup stuck on a culvert and a witness said the driver had spun the tires so hard trying to get free of the obstacle that the tires melted down to the rims before bursting into flames.

The driver, 64-year-old James Handley of Columbus, allegedly told police that he had been drinking at a nearby bar, but didn’t remember how he ended up on the boulevard.  Harris said that Handley failed field sobriety tests and was found to have a blood alcohol level of more than three times the legal limit.

He was arrested on preliminary charges of driving under the influence with a previous conviction within the past four years.