DECATUR -- Police followed tire marks in the snow to find and arrest a Decatur driver who now faces felony driving under the influence of alcohol charges.

Sgt. Josh Sheets with Decatur Police said the 30-year-old driver was woken up out of bed by patrol officers who arrested him Monday night at his home on Kaydon Drive. That is located a few blocks from the 300 block of West Imboden Drive where Sheets said the driver had earlier crashed his rented sport utility vehicle into a front yard after striking a power pole.

Sheets said the driver had been drinking with friends at a house on Imboden Drive and was already intoxicated when he arrived.

“They played around wrestling and, apparently, this suspect began taking it too seriously which caused problems, and they ended up telling him to leave at 10:30 p.m,” said Sheets.

That’s when he clipped the pole and plowed into the front yard of a neighboring home before driving off and leaving the vehicle’s wing mirror assembly behind. Police were called at 10:45 p.m. and took the wing mirror with them with them as they followed the vehicle tire marks in the snow right to the driver’s house.

Sheets said the man, once awake, tried to tell officers he had been asleep the whole time and wasn’t the suspect they sought. But police had the wing mirror and numerous witness reports and could see the damaged SUV parked in a garage.

The driver, whom Sheets said has a previous DUI conviction, was booked on preliminary charges of aggravated DUI, DUI and leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State’s Attorney’s office.

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