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Police: Suspected DUI driver arrested after crash in elementary school pick-up lane

Patrick Swan (Provided Photo/Columbus Police Department)

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — A Columbus man was arrested Thursday for suspicion of driving under the influence in an elementary school pick-up lane, according to police.

Columbus Police Department officers were called to Richards Elementary School Thursday afternoon just before 3 on reports of a crash involving two vehicles.

One of the drivers, Patrick Swan, 37, of Columbus, was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. Swan crashed into another car in the school lane. Officers at the scene of the crash said Swan had a “strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath” and they “observed that his balance was unsteady.”

Swan later provided a breath sample with a breath alcohol concentration of .361%. That’s more than four times the legal limit. He was arrested and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail and is facing a preliminary charge of operating a vehicle while under the influence.

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