August 22, 2014

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Brunswick man racks up seven DUIs in two decades

MEDINA — A Brunswick man was convicted Tuesday of his seventh drunken driving offense in 20 years.

Edward Durdella, 40, of 3905 Turnbridge Court, Apt. 237 , pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, a fourth-degree felony punishable by up to 1½ years in prison.

Edward Durdella

A charge of refusing a breath test was dropped as part of a plea deal.

Medina County Assistant Prosecutor Matt Razavi said he wouldn’t ask for a prison sentence.

The judge said the charge carries 60 days of mandatory jail-time and a minimum $1,350 fine.

In addition, Durdella’s driver’s license will be suspended for two years and he will undergo alcohol monitoring, the judge said.

“We’re comfortable with any sentence the court would impose,” he told county Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler.

Durdella was scheduled for a June 20 sentencing hearing.

According to police reports, Durdella was arrested July 6 after he drove his car over a curb in a service station parking lot.

Of his six earlier OVI convictions, four occurred since 2007.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.