Crash leads to the arrest of a Columbus woman

A local woman was arrested over the weekend after allegedly crashing into a utility pole, then leaving the scene.

Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department, says that officers responded to the report of the crash Saturday night at 11:40

Shanna Branum; Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Dept.
Shanna Branum; Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Dept.

p.m. in the 700 block of Werner Avenue. After inspecting the broken utility pole, police determined that a red Dodge Durango was involved in the crash. The officers later followed a fluid trail, which led them to the damaged vehicle in the 700 block of Wilson Street.

Officers say they spoke with the driver of the vehicle, Shanna F. Branum, 34, of Columbus. Branum was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for a blood test, but she allegedly refused. This led to police applying for, and receiving, a warrant for a blood draw. Once it was finished, Branum was booked on preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Crash.