April 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Hope woman accused of Columbus drunk driving

By Columbus Police Department-

Press release

A Hope resident was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated after she allegedly pulled out of the parking lot of a Columbus liquor store and the wheel came off of her vehicle.

Officers were dispatched to the area of 25th Street and Taylor Road in regards to a possible intoxicated driver on Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. Officer Lucas Nibarger arrived at the scene a short time later and observed a gray Lexus SUV in the roadway with a passenger wheel that had broken off.

While Nibarger spoke with the driver of the vehicle, Mary B. Ream, a 56 year old Hope resident, he detected the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath. Ream failed a number of field sobriety tests at the scene and provided a portable breath sample of .219%. A half empty bottle of whiskey and a unopened beer were located in her purse. Ream was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital where officers obtained a warrant for a blood sample. Ream was later transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where she was remanded on the following preliminary charge:

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