Hayes Avenue resembled a pinballgame Thursday afternoon with a multi-vehicle crash amid the construction cones.
Roger James, 57, 200 block E. Market St., drove the wrong way down the street in an Astro van and hit two vehicles just outside the south campus of Firelands Regional Medical Center. Police said he narrowly missed two other vehicles.
James was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, failure to control and having an open container in a motor vehicle. He was treated and released at the hospital.
John Morrow, 42, was the first in the line of cars James hit.
He said he saw the van swerve over into his lane and accelerate.
It was heading for him, in line to hit him head-on.
Morrow looked for a way out, possibly over the curb, but found himself surrounded by young children and a utility pole.
As he blared his horn, he knew he'd have to take the hit.
"I was able to swerve so he hit me on the side," Morrow said as he looked at the smashed driver's side of the black Ford Explorer he was driving moments earlier.
Morrow, a truck driver for Plover Transportation, said he would probably be dead if he hadn't managed to avoid the head-on collision.
He said James did not put on his brakes until he had narrowly missed one car and hit another vehicle driven by Danielle Bickley, 19, Marblehead.
"She shook like a rag doll," Morrow said.
She was also treated and released at the hospital just down the street.
Joshua Barcus witnessed the crash and said a group of high school students had walked through the area a few minutes before it happened.
Maralee Bradley, 20, Columbus, said she saw police pull a 40-ounce can of beer from James' car. He smelled of alcohol and was acting delirious before being taken to the hospital, she said.