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Driver charged in DWI, hit-skip crash of buggy

A Warsaw man accused of driving drunk and hitting a horse-drawn buggy was arrested Tuesday afternoon, according to the Warsaw Police Department.

Officers found Francisco J. Gonzalez at Shamrock Mobile Home Park in Warsaw, police said.

Gonzalez, 24, was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail on felony charges of failure to stop after an accident causing serious bodily injury and operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury. He posted a $2,000 bond to be released.

The crash occurred Saturday night in Warsaw. The buggy, carrying five teenage boys, was headed south on Shelden Street toward Walmart when Gonzalez passed them going the same direction in a 1993 Chevrolet Lumina, police said.

The car made a U-turn, came back toward the buggy, crossed the center line and struck the horse and buggy. The teens were all ejected and suffered minor injuries that did not require hospital treatment, police said.

The horse landed on the car’s hood and then fell to the ground when the car backed up and left the scene. The animal died from its injuries, police said.

Officers later found the car near U.S. 30 and Kosciusko County Road 200 West. At the time, Gonzalez was trying to restart the heavily damaged car. His head was bleeding slightly, and he was covered in the horse’s blood, police said.

Gonzalez was taken to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne for treatment. A test showed that his blood-alcohol level was 0.17 percent, more than twice the legal limit, police said.