A piece of art in the Salina Downtown Sculpture tour is being repaired after it was struck by a suspected drunk driver.
According to Salina Police, the “Anyway the Wind Blows” sculpture located just north of Ad Astra Books and Coffee House on North Santa Fe was struck by a vehicle on Tuesday evening. Capt. Paul Forrester says a small pickup truck was trying to park in a stall when it kept going and hopped the curb, subsequently ramming the sculpture.
According to Brad Anderson from Salina Arts and Humanities, artist Daniel Hunt traveled to Salina Wednesday, repaired the work, and returned to his home near Manhattan.
The artwork was moved approximately 8 feet when struck by the truck. The work suffered some exterior structural damage that was repaired and minor internal damage that will not be repaired until the work is moved.
The driver of the pickup, 33 year-old Michael Arthur was injured in the accident. He was transported to the hospital. After being treated he was booked into the Saline Country Jail on charges that could include Driving Under the Influence. He was also cited for no proof of insurance, no seat belt and refusal to submit a breathalyzer test.
ORIGINAL: A well known piece of artwork was damaged after vehicle crashed in to it around 7 p.m. on Tuesday night.
Police Capt. Paul Forrester says the vehicle was trying to park in a stall in the 100 block of N. Santa Fe, when the 1994 Ford Ranger kept going and hopped the curb, subsequently ramming in to the sculpture known as “Any Way the Wind Blows,” just north of Ad Astra Coffee.
The driver of the pickup, 33 year-old Michael Arthur–who is homeless–was injured in the accident. He was then sent to the hospital and is charged with Driving Under the Influence and cited for no proof of insurance, no seat belt and refusal to submit a breathalyzer test.
The accident caused $1,000 in damage.