LOGAN – A Logan man was charged Tuesday with operating a vehicle while impaired and failure to control, after he crashed his truck into two vehicles in the parking lot of the Wendy’s restaurant on Bowen Street, and then collided with the building.
According to a Logan Police report, the department got a call from Hocking County 911 around 6:30 p.m. of a truck having crashed into Wendy’s. An officer who responded to the scene spoke to the driver of the truck, 69-year-old Terry L. Warthman, who said that his accelerator pedal had gotten stuck, making it impossible for him to control the truck. Warthman reported that this had happened once before but that in that instance he had been able to stop the truck.
Warthman reportedly told the officer that he had come into the parking lot and hit a parked car, injuring a woman in that vehicle, and had then hit a Hummer that was not occupied, before finally crashing into the restaurant, lodging the truck inside the building.
After the officer asked Warthman about alcohol consumption, Warthman allegedly said that he had had about two beers before driving to Wendy’s to get something to eat, and was not impaired.
Hocking County EMS transported Warthman to the emergency room to be evaluated for a bruise on his stomach from the steering wheel. When the officer opened the door of Warthman’s truck to retrieve his wallet, the report says, he saw a cold, open beer can, and an unopened beer can on the passenger-side floorboard.
At the hospital, Warthman allegedly refused treatment, claiming he was not injured, and sat in the waiting room awaiting a ride. An officer who followed him to the hospital asked Warthman to perform some field sobriety tests outside.
Apparently based on what he saw in the field tests, the officer asked Warthman to come to the police station for a breathalyzer test. While enroute to the police department, the report says, Warthman told the officer he had consumed four beers and took medications including pain medications.
After first speaking to his attorney Warthman submitted to the breath test, which allegedly showed a 0.140% blood alcohol concentration. After citing Warthman for OVI and failure to control, the police released him to go home with his daughter.