Columbus man arrested for driving drunk in school pick-up lane

Patrick A. Swan (Courtesy Columbus Police)

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WTHR) - A Columbus man was arrested Thursday afternoon after he crashed in the school pick up lane and his breath tested 4.5 times the legal limit.

Police say Patrick A. Swan, 37, of Columbus, had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and he seemed unsteady when they came to investigate the crash at Richards Elementary School on the northeast side of Columbus.

The officers gave Swan several field sobriety tests and said he did not pass.

Swan was taken to the Columbus Police Department where his breath sample read .361 percent Br.A.C. - over four and one-half times the legal limit.

According to, a male Swan's size would have to drink 13 beers in three hours to hit a .35 percent BAC. Thirteen 12-ounce beers is equal to about two and a half gallons.

Swan was arrested and taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for medical clearance before going to the Bartholomew County Jail.

He faces a charge of Operating a Vehicle with a BAC of .15 percent or greater - Class A Misdemeanor.