July 25, 2016

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Wadsworth man gets two OVIs in same night

WADSWORTH — A 29-year-old Wadsworth man was charged with drunken driving twice within six hours this week.

Wadsworth police arrested and charged Ryan Beatty, of 401 State St. with operating a vehicle while impaired at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday during a traffic stop at High Street and Wolf Avenue.

He was found to have a blood-alcohol content of 0.131. The legal limit in Ohio is 0.08 and Beatty’s license was revoked, according to a police report.

At 5 a.m. Sunday, police responded to a complaint at Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital where a reportedly belligerent Beatty was demanding a blood test.

A police report said “it was highly likely that he was still under the influence” and said Beatty left the hospital driving his girlfriend’s car.

Police pulled him over again when they found him driving along State Street. He was arrested and taken to Wadsworth Police Department where he again tested positive for an illegal BAC, this time at .087, according to the report.

He was charged with another OVI and with driving under an administrative license suspension.

These OVI charges are not Beatty’s first. He also was charged in January 2007, but it was dismissed and he was convicted of failure to maintain his lane of traffic. That charge was listed as a second offense, meaning he previously was charged with OVI elsewhere.

OVI is a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail.

Beatty was arraigned at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in front of Wadsworth Municipal Court Judge Stephen B. McIlvaine. He pleaded not guilty to both counts and was released without bond. The hearing was continued until Aug. 21.

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