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Man faces OWI charges after Helmholtz artwork struck in Fort Wayne

Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 3:02 pm

A man faces drunken-driving charges after his vehicle ran into a large red stainless steel artwork on the side of the Performing Arts Center.

Colton Adamonis, 23, of the 1900 block of Ardmore Avenue, was booked into Allen County Lockup at 8:35 a.m. Sunday. Adamonis is charged with operating while intoxicated endangerment, and OWI and leaving the scene of the accident - property damage, according to a lockup record. He was being held in lieu of $750 bond. Adamonis's blood-alcohol level registered at 0.15, nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08, according to the record.

Adamonis's vehicle struck the "Helmholtz," on the west side of the Performing Arts Center, 303 E. Main St., at 2:18 a.m. Sunday and then left the scene, according to Fort Wayne Police Department spokeswoman Raquel Foster.

On Sunday, tire marks led from the center's driveway into the toppled structure, with vehicle parts lying on the opposite side. The abstract sculpture was knocked off its foundation points.

The structure, created by Mark di Suvero, was installed in 1985, originally on Main Street in front of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.