Drunk Driver Could Get 8 Years For Crashing Into Sculpture (VIDEO)

By Jeff Neumeyer
By Emma Koch

June 20, 2013 Updated Jun 21, 2013 at 10:02 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - The man accused of trashing an expensive piece of Fort Wayne artwork is looking at an enhanced felony charge.

The accused drunk driver who police say knocked an outdoor steel sculpture off its supports early Sunday morning could get up to eight years if convicted of a felony charge lodged against him.

23-year-old Colton Adamonis faces four charges, the most serious being institutional criminal mischief. Prosecutors bumped it up because the damage is estimated at $750,000 to the piece belonging to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

The museum believes the artwork can be repaired. Director Charles Shepard said the sculptor out of New York, who is one of the most respected sculptors in the country, wants to be part of restoring what was crafted in the 1980s to honor Fort Wayne's status as a leader in the magnet wire industry.

Once it's repaired, plans are being made to guard against a similar episode.

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