DUI arrest made of habitual traffic violator

Jonathon Williams
Jonathon Williams

A Columbus police officer saw a swerving vehicle near 17th Street and National Road Saturday morning, leading to the arrest of the driver on drunk-driving charges.

The officer, Lt. Jeff Williams, saw the vehicle at about 12:15 a.m. Saturday, says Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the police department. When he talked to the driver, the officer allegedly smelled alcohol on the man’s breath. A check of the license revealed that 44-year-old Jonathon E. Williams of Columbus had a lifetime driving suspension for being a habitual traffic violator, Harris said.

Although Williams allegedly refused to take a field sobriety test, a search warrant was obtained and he was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital to have his blood drawn involuntarily.

He is facing preliminary charges of operating a vehicle intoxicated and driving while a habitual traffic violator.