STORY AND PHOTOS BY COLIN KRIEGER/THE COLUMBUS PACKET
An East Columbus man was charged with driving under the influence after he crashed his pickup truck into at least four parked vehicles in a methamphetamine fueled rampage early Wednesday morning. E-911 operators dispatched Columbus Police the intersection of King Street and Idlewild Road around 3:30 a.m. yesterday after several witnesses reported that a white male and a white female had fled the neighborhood after wrecking a Chevy Z-71 pickup into a group of cars parked in their driveway at 102 King St.
Jeremy Mingo, 30, allegedly left a home he was staying at on 136 King St. and made a valiant attempt to get himself out of the neighborhood. Based on evidence found on scene Wednesday evening, Columbus Police Department officers summized that Mingo first pulled out of the driveway at 136 King St. and immediately did several high-speed “donuts” on the front lawn of the home (believed to be his own) before pulling into the roadway headed west. In his wake, Mingo left a trail of debris, believed to have come from the bed of the truck, including a Troy-Built weed-wacker, a hammer, several tubes of acrylic paint and a travel bag filled with women’s attire.
The trail of destruction then led police to the front yard of 108 King, where the mailbox had been torn from its mooring and the box itself was thrown askew onto the lawn onto the lawn of the home. Mingo(allegedly) then drove across the lawn towards 106 King, narrowly dodging a cyclone fence before forcefully pruning a Crepe Myrtle tree and continuing on to the next victim’s property. Once he (allegedly) arrived at the driveway of 104 King, his momentum carried his truck into a parked Honda Accord. The impact caused the smaller sedan to pirouette towards the home, finally coming to rest facing East as Mingo’s Z-71 (allegedly) kept on a’ truckin’ towards Idlewild Rd.
Upon his arrival at the home at 102 King, Mingo introduced himself to the sleeping residents by(allegedly) smashing into all three vehicles they had parked in their driveway- ’01 Pontiac, ’84 Olds Regency and a ’99 GMC Sierra. According to witnesses on scene, Mingo, whose truck was now jammed in between the three cars, then exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. One witness told the CPD he saw a female exit the truck at this point and run towards Idlewild alongside Mingo, another said she seemed to have been chasing him down the block as he circumnavigated the terrain. These statements, along with some of the debris left at the originating home, led officers to hypothesize that Mingo may have been in an argument with the unidentified female.
Officers arrived on scene within two minutes of the E-911 dispatch to find a lumbering, stumbling Mingo, drenched in sweat and incoherently babbling nonsense as he made his escape attempt into a parking lot across the street. Officers subdued the suspect and quickly placed into handcuffs while backup officers arrived on scene. Mingo repeatedly resisted, and as he was being instructed to calm down by the officers, Mingo shouted, “I’m trying, I’m trying!”
When officers queried the inebriated Mingo as to whether he had ingested any alcohol or drugs, he calmly stated, “I guess I got some bad meth?”
Mingo was examined by Columbus firefighters and paramedics from Baptist Memorial Hospital- Golden Triangle before being transported via ambulance for examination. Upon his discharge from the hospital shortly after arriving, Mingo was taken into custody and charged with DUI. There was no word on his bail as of press time.