August 29, 2014

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Woman in Brunswick cited for OVI twice in 2 weeks

BRUNSWICK — Two weeks after a woman suspected of driving drunk struck a car carrying two young children, she was arrested again, accused of drunken driving.

Milica Falkman, 62, of 4407 Laurel Road, Apt. 114, was charged Thursday with operating a vehicle while impaired and driving under an OVI suspension.

Carl DeForest

Falkman was arrested about 10:45 a.m. Thursday after a resident called police and said he had seen a clerk at a service station on Pearl Road refuse to sell beer to a woman, according to a Brunswick police report.

Worried that she might be drunk, the resident told police he would try to follow the woman in case she drove to another service station, report said.

After she stopped at a service station at Center Road and Manhattan Avenue, the resident said he approached the car and found the woman slumped over the steering wheel. When he tapped on her window, he said she drove off slowly — he estimated the car was going 5 mph — down Manhattan Avenue toward Pearl Road.

Police Chief Carl DeForest pulled the woman over after the woman turned onto Pearl Road.
DeForest arrested Falkman, who submitted to a breath test that indicated her blood-alcohol level was 0.19 — more than twice the legal limit of 0.08, the report said.

Falkman also was charged with driving with a suspended license. She had been stripped of her license following a Nov. 21 alcohol-related crash.

In that incident, Falkman was charged with OVI after striking a car as she pulled out of her apartment complex on Laurel Road. The driver of the car and her two children were not seriously injured.

Falkman also faced two OVI-related charges in Medina Municipal Court in 2004. She pleaded guilty to one and the other was dismissed in 2005.

She is scheduled for arraignment Wednesday morning before Medina Municipal Court Judge Dale H. Chase.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.