June 30, 2016

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Police say drinking leads to 2 arrests in Brunswick

BRUNSWICK — Two people were arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while impaired during the New Year’s holiday weekend in Brunswick.

Early Sunday, Christopher G. Powell, 22, of Berea, was arrested after police said he crashed his car on Center Road while fleeing officers.

According to a police report, Brunswick police received a call from Powell’s ex-girlfriend, who worked an evening shift at a local bar. She reported Powell was in the parking lot of her workplace when she left work around 3:15 a.m. and that he followed her home. She told officers he got out of his car at stoplights to bang on her window and to demand she talk to him.

She told officers she worried he would follow her home, so she got on Interstate 71 north in an attempt to lose him. She said she got off at the Strongsville exit and began heading back into Brunswick when she called police. Police located Powell following his ex-girlfriend west on Center Road and began a pursuit after she dropped back and pulled over. According to police, Powell wouldn’t pull over and instead drove off the right side of the road and crashed into an embankment.

Reports said officers had to break a window to get Powell out of the vehicle. He was taken to Southwest General Medical Center for treatment after he complained of back pain.

Powell was charged with menacing by stalking, fleeing and eluding, operating a vehicle while impaired, driving under suspension, no operator’s license and failure to wear a seat belt. He also was charged with refusing a blood alcohol test with a prior OVI conviction.

On New Year’s Eve, Brunswick police arrested Shannon Utlak, 18, of 1029 Substation Road, after a witness reported Utlak crashed her car into a snowbank in the 1100 block of Queen’s Avenue and left the scene.

Officers said Utlak’s purse and identification were found in the car, along with an open container of beer and a marijuana pipe.

Officers reported finding Utlak in the 4500 block of Hickory Ridge. She told officers she had parked her car in a gas station lot and attempted to walk home because she was drunk, the report said. When officers went to the gas station, a clerk reported Utlak came into the store and asked to use the phone and walked away with the cordless phone.

Officers also spoke to the witness, who said Utlak knocked on the door just after crashing her car and asked to use the phone to call for help. Before she could be helped, she left the home and headed to the gas station. Utlak provided officers with a blood-alcohol sample of .14, almost twice the legal limit.

Utlak was charged with OVI, possession of drug paraphernalia and an open container violation.

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

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.