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Officers follow fluid trail to Riverside Drive home

A trail of automobile fluids led police to the home of a man officers then charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

Upper Arlington police received a report on Dec. 14 about a hit-and-run at the intersection of Brixton and Asbury roads. They were able to follow a trail of fluids to a home in the 2900 block of Riverside Drive, where they found a damaged vehicle matching the description of the one that left the scene of the accident.

A woman at the residence told officers the vehicle belonged to her husband, who had recently returned home and had gone to bed. Police woke the man to question him about the damage to his vehicle, and reported he was incoherent and an odor of alcohol could be smelled on or about his person. He then refused a field sobriety test and was arrested for OVI, failure to control and leaving the scene of an accident.

He was transported to the Upper Arlington police station to be photographed and read his rights, but while en route, he vomited inside the police cruiser. He was later released after posting a $195 bond.

In other Upper Arlington police news:

Dec. 16

* Police were called to a department store in the 1800 block of West Henderson Road when a woman reported her purse and wallet had been taken from her shopping cart. She reported she had the items in the front seat of her shopping cart under her coat, and believes they were stolen after she allowed the cart to leave her line of sight.

* A man was charged with OVI and a marked lanes violation following a stop in the 3700 block of Riverside Drive. He refused to undergo a field sobriety test or a blood-alcohol test, police reports said.

Dec. 15

* Police were trying to determine if a six- to eight-inch hole in the drywall inside a nail and spa business in the 4700 block of Reed Road was criminal in nature. An employee reported seeing the hole upon opening at approximately 10 a.m. Dec. 15. The employee said the hole had been made from an adjacent business, but was located near the spa's credit card machine and cash register. Nothing was reported stolen from the spa, but police found several dusty footprints leading from the rear door of the business.

Police also attempted to contact the building manager to determine if someone entered the adjacent business, but were unsuccessful. At the time of the report, police could not determine if the damage to the spa was the result of an attempted break-in or from construction at the adjacent business.

* Police charged a man with OVI, OVI per se and a marked lanes violation following a stop at the intersection of Riverside Drive and West Lane Avenue. According to the report, he performed poorly on a field sobriety test and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.192.

* Police responded to the 3600 block of Sunset Drive on a report of a suspicious man attempting to enter a vehicle parked in the roadway. He was charged with disorderly conduct after police concluded he was intoxicated and unable to care for himself.

Dec. 14

* A woman was attempting to pay for DVD rentals at a kiosk outside of a grocery store in the 3000 block of Kingsdale Center when she realized her wallet was missing from her grocery cart. Store employees later called her to report they had found the wallet, but it was determined that $275 had been taken from it.

* Police were searching for an unknown white woman who allegedly stole four pairs of women's sunglasses valued at a total of $387 from an eye care office in the 2200 block of North Bank Drive. She was in her late 20s or early 30s, had a medium build, black straight hair with red highlights and homemade tattoos on her knuckles and hands.

* Approximately $220 worth of videogaming merchandise was reported stolen from a videogame store in the 3100 block of Kingsdale Center by an unknown male.

* Two backpack blowers valued at a total of $573 were reported stolen from the bed of a Columbus landscape company's vehicle while it was parked in the 1800 block of Mackenzie Drive.

* Police recovered more than five grams of marijuana and a glass pipe from a woman's vehicle following a stop near Lane Avenue and Coventry Road. The woman motorist then was found to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.185 was charged with OVI, OVI per se, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and a turn signal infraction.

Dec. 13

* An employee of a business in the 3100 block of Kingsdale Center was charged with two counts of theft after allegedly admitting to stealing a total of $468 from two coworkers. The cash was returned to the victims.

* Police charged a man with domestic violence and assault after he allegedly physically assaulted a woman at a residence in the 2900 block of Zollinger Road.

Dec. 12

* A woman in the 2400 block of McCoy Road reported $700 was missing from her residence.

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