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Drunk Driver Indicted, Witness Describes Hit-Skip

DOWNTOWN COLUMBUS (Lisa Rantala/Kate Liebers) -- A hit-and-run suspect turned himself into Columbus police just hours after being indicted for crashing into a cyclist while drunk.

Andrew Inglis, 30, was indicted Wednesday for aggravated vehicular assault, leaving the scene of an accident, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

These developments are putting some of the witnesses at ease, especially the one who chased Inglis down.

Roger Baker had been working on a remodeling project in Upper Arlington for months when, on Sunday, he found himself in charge of something else.

Baker said he saw the suspects car swerving down McCoy Road before he saw a cyclist fly over the vehicle. The cyclist was Steve Waltenberg, a Columbus Dispatch reporter, who was transported to the hospital in critical but stable conditions.

I did hesitate for a second because Im like, Ok. Hes going to stop, Baker said.

When the driver didn't stop, Baker pursued him. He said he caught the driver as he tried to get away down a dead end. Baker blocked him in.

Im like, dude, you hit a person, Baker recalled. He said, I did? No emotion. No nothing. I said, I got a picture of you. I got a picture of your license. I said if you dont go back, youre going to jail for a long time.

Inglis did drive back and was arrested near the crash site. He failed a field sobriety test, according to an Upper Arlington police report.

Inglis was already facing hit-skip and OVI charges from a crash he allegedly caused last month. The defendants attorney said his license is still valid.

Baker said he hopes that will change after this case.

Its like, Come on, man. What are you still on the road for? he said. They need to get him off the road. Hes going to kill somebody.

Inglis could serve a maximum sentence of 6 years in prison if convicted of all the charges.

 
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