BRUNSWICK — The Medina County OVI Task Force arrested two people Saturday afternoon during a sobriety checkpoint — but neither was arrested at the checkpoint.
Brunswick police Lt. Brian Ohlin said both people were arrested by officers in the area surrounding the 1200 block of Pearl Road, where the checkpoint was conducted.
One driver, Jack L. Medley, 44, of 3411 Sharon Copley Road, Montville Township, was stopped for a traffic violation and was found to have a blood-alcohol content of 0.194 — more than double the legal Ohio limit of 0.08.
The other driver, Capriese Jackson, 18, of Lorain, was arrested after he was tested and found to have a blood-alcohol content of 0.031, which exceeds the underage limit of 0.02.
Jackson’s passenger, Jordan Foss, an 18-year-old Lakewood woman, was arrested on possession of alcohol and oxycodone charges. Another passenger, a juvenile girl, was found to be intoxicated and was referred to Medina County Juvenile Court.
Ohlin said this checkpoint was earlier in the day than many others, and there was a lot of traffic.
He said the task force doesn’t expect to make a lot of arrests.
“The checkpoints are a lot about public awareness and deterrence,” he said. “We’re very happy in that regard.”
Overall, officers working the checkpoint checked 573 cars. Police diverted 20 for driver license checks and one was cited for not having a valid license.
Officers also arrested three people for driving under suspension and one person for possessing drug paraphernalia. They issued 26 other citations and 64 warnings.
This was the third OVI checkpoint this year. Brunswick, Medina and Lodi police departments, Brunswick Hills, Montville and Hinckley township police departments, the Medina County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio Highway Patrol participated in the operation.
The OVI checkpoint was funded by federal grants.