June 25, 2016

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Several drivers charged at holiday OVI checkpoint

MEDINA — The Ohio Highway Patrol cited three drivers for operating a vehicle while impaired Saturday night during the fifth sobriety checkpoint and saturation patrol this year, Lt. Bill Haymaker said Monday.

Troopers checked 695 cars at the checkpoint between 8:19 and 11:30 p.m. on state Route 18, east of River Styx Road.

Troopers diverted 17 cars for license checks or suspicion of drunken driving. Three were cited for OVI, with blood-alcohol levels of 0.109, 0.164 and 0.177. The legal blood-alcohol limit in Ohio is 0.08.

Two drivers were charged with driving under suspension.

Troopers also patrolled the surrounding area where they cited two more drivers for OVI.

Those cited were given court dates to appear in Medina Municipal Court and released to the custody of sober drivers.

By this time last year, six people were killed in OVI-related crashes in Medina County.

So far this year, there has been one fatal crash in the county and alcohol likely was involved, Haymaker said.

Friday’s checkpoint was about a mile west of where the fatal crash happened on state Route 18.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.