April 23, 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.

  • Silence Dogood

    You’ve got to be kidding, right? This guy deserves PRISON before he kills an innocent driver. The Prosecutor should let this guy drive his kids around, if he is so lazy as not to pursue a more serious penalty. A city is only as safe as it’s prosecutors make it, and a lazy Prosecutor will bring down a city faster than any one criminal.

  • MORETHAN2MONTHS

    Wow I’m sorry but 7 in less than 20 years and this guy is getting a slap in the wrist?! Suspending his license would do what exactly? Looking up his past offenses its clear he also drives on a suspended license. How is the court so sure he is not partying and driving right now? How are we supposed to teach people like this a lesson when these courts will not impose a stricter penalty for such offenses-UNTIL THEY KILL SOMEONE! Why does it have to take a loss of a 1 life or more before these courts come down hard on scumbags like these people! SHAME ON ALL PARTIES INVOLVED!

  • Jarrod

    DUDE-Eddie this is not a good look for you man-you got lucky man cuz you had to do what six months last time you were in court damn. you lucky you do not get caught the other weekend lmao cuz yoube in soooo much sh__ HA