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Alleged Drunk Driver Indicted for Sunday Upper Arlington Crash

UPPER ARLINGTON (Ken Hines) -- A man accused of fleeing a crash scene after striking a bicyclist while driving drunk has been indicted on felony charges.

Andrew Ingles faces charges of vehicular assault and failure to stop after an accident -- as well as a misdemeanor count of OMVI -- after allegedly hitting Steve Wartenberg with his Lincoln MKZ on McCoy Road in Upper Arlington on Sunday morning.

Witnesses told police Ingles failed to stop after striking Wartenberg, who was transported to Riverside Methodist Hospital in critical but stable condition. Officers arrested Ingles after stopping his vehicle down the road from the crash site.

A report filed by Upper Arlington police states Ingles failed a field sobriety test after striking Wartenberg. The OVI charge stemming from Sunday's crash is the second such charge filed against Ingles over the period of a month.

Ingles, 30, faces a maximum sentence of 6 1/2 years in prison if convicted of all charges.

Wartenberg, 55, works as a business reporter for the Columbus Dispatch. Editor Benjamin Marrison released the following statement in response to the crash:

"Steve is a passionate, experienced cyclist who is the captain of our Dispatch Peloton. He always preaches safety, being aware of your surroundings and riding defensively.  It is extremely ironic that this happened to him.

"This happens far too often in our community. Just last month, we reported that one-fourth of those motorists who strike a cyclist do not stop an outrageous lack of respect for mankind and something that runs completely counter to the way people behave in central Ohio.

"While not life-threatening, Steve's injuries are serious, and were very concerned for him.

"Steve has been a business reporter for us since 2008, except for a brief stint when he went to work for Pelotonia. He is a very resourceful, intelligent and committed journalist for our readers.
 
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