Driver accused of hitting fire hydrant while drunk driving

Horacio J. Tamariz
Horacio J. Tamariz

Columbus police arrested a Seymour man who allegedly crashed into a fire hydrant and then fled the scene while driving drunk on his way to work Tuesday morning.

According to police reports, a security guard told police that a driver tried to drive around a long line of cars waiting at a parking lot in the 8200 block of South International Drive at about 7:40 a.m. The van struck a fire hydrant while maneuvering off the roadway.

57-year-old Horacio J. Tamariz of Seymour then allegedly left the scene and the left the vehicle in the parking lot. When he returned a few minutes later police noticed that he appeared to be slurring his words and unsteady on his feet, says Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the police department.

Tamariz was arrested on preliminary charges including operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .15 percent or greater, leaving the scene of a crash, operating a vehicle without ever receiving a license and operating a vehicle without proof of financial responsibility.