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    CPD: Intoxicated man broke into Columbus home

    By Austin Hanson,


    COLUMBUS, Ind. — An intoxicated man allegedly broke into a Columbus home on Monday afternoon.

    According to a Columbus Police Department Facebook post , 58-year-old Thomas E. Hooker has been arrested on two Level 6 Felony charges — operating a vehicle while intoxicated and residential entry.

    CPD reported that it first became aware of Hooker’s activity when its officers responded to a residence in the 3500 block of Woodside Drive on a report of residential entry. When police arrived at the scene, they found a homeowner who was restraining Hooker.

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    In a subsequent interview with CPD, the homeowner said he was at a neighbor’s residence to watch the solar eclipse when his doorbell camera notified him about somebody being at his home.

    Police indicated that, when the camera footage was reviewed, Hooker could be seen forcing his way through the front door of the residence. The camera also caught him exiting the house before he was confronted by the homeowner.

    Officers detained Hooker upon their arrival at the residence, per CPD. During a test administered by police, Hooker provided a breath sample of .265%, which is three times higher than the legal limit.

    CPD then applied for a blood draw warrant, which was granted by a local judge. Hooker was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail after he was discharged from a hospital.

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