Sparta police arrested a 25-year-old man for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated-3rd offense on early Wednesday morning on the 700 block of Jefferson Avenue.
Alex Johnson, of Sparta, told police he swerved to miss a dog and struck a parked car, according to the police report. The amount and type of damage to the vehicles was inconsistent with his description of events, police said.
The tests showed Johnson was impaired. He later admitted to officers that he made up the story about the dog and was actually distracted by his phone when he hit the car.
Johnson was also cited for unreasonable and imprudent speed.