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Local man arrested after vehicle becomes stuck on railroad tracks

A city man was arrested on multiple charges after a vehicle he was driving got stuck on the railroad tracks on County Road 9 just south of Rushsylvania Tuesday morning around 3:30.

Paul Mathys (pictured), 58, of 322 Shady Lane Drive, was driving a '93 Chevy SUV that became stuck on the northbound tracks.

The Logan County Sheriff's Office responded after CSX Railroad reported that a southbound train narrowly missed the vehicle.

When deputies arrived, they spoke to a man who was attempting to pull the vehicle off the tracks with a truck.

The man told deputies that Mathys asked him to help move the vehicle.

Deputies then spoke with Mathys by telephone. While on the phone, deputies could see a man, later identified as Mathys, walking toward them at the scene.

Authorities noticed signs of intoxication. After Mathys refused to take a field sobriety test, he was charged with OVI, failure to drive in marked lanes, and failure to control.

Mathys refused to take a blood alcohol test.

He was lodged in the Logan County Jail.

The SUV was towed from the scene.

No one was injured.

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