Crash leads to the arrest of a Columbus man

A Columbus man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after an early Tuesday morning crash.

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department Spokesperson Judy Jackson says that at approximately 1:32 a.m., Deputy Kris Weisner was

Dylan R. Burns
Dylan R. Burns

dispatched to a one-vehicle crash on US 31 at County Road 500 North. A witness told authorities that the vehicle had driven off the roadway and into a ditch.

When Deputy Weisner arrived at the scene, he reported seeing a single vehicle off the northeast corner of the intersection. The deputy reports that the vehicle went through a guardrail and was sitting atop the guardrail above a watery ditch.

Authorities say that the driver, 21-year-old Dylan R. Burns, was unable to exit the vehicle without falling into the water. Jackson says that members of the Columbus Fire Department and German Township Fire Department were able to rescue Burns by having him crawl out of the vehicle’s sunroof.

While speaking with Burns, Deputy Weisner says that he detected a

Photo courtesy of the Bartholomew County Sheriff's Dept.
Photo courtesy of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Dept.

strong odor of alcohol. His report also stated that Burns had glassy eyes and slurred speech.

The Sheriff’s Department says that Burns was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for evaluation. Once he was released from the hospital, Burns was booked in the Bartholomew County Jail on a preliminary charge of Operating a Motor Vehicle while Under the Influence. Jackson says that he has since been released on $5,000 bond.