April 19, 2014

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Arrests made during OVI checkpoint

BRUNWICK — Police officers made three operating a vehicle while impaired arrests Saturday night during “saturation” patrols in the neighborhood around a sobriety checkpoint in the 3400 block of Center Road (state Route 303), several blocks west of the Interstate 71 interchange.

The checkpoint, funded by a federal grant, was conducted by the Medina Safe Communities OVI Task Force.

Brunswick police Lt. Brian Ohlin said 581 vehicles were stopped at the checkpoint, which began about 9 p.m. and continued for three hours.

“There were 23 cars diverted for further investigation,” Ohlin said. “One driver was cited for driving under suspension and one driver was taken into custody for possible impairment.”

Ohlin said the saturation patrols resulted in three OVI arrests.

Results of blood-alcohol tests were 0.241, 0.195, and 0.167. The legal limit in Ohio is 0.08.

Ohlin said there also were 38 traffic stops resulting in citations for driving under suspension, speeding and safety belt and numerous warnings.

Police officers from Brunswick; Hinckley, Montville and Medina townships; Seville; the Medina County Sheriff’s Office; and the Ohio Highway Patrol participated in the operation.

It was the seventh OVI checkpoint this year in Medina County.

  • Mike Doyle

    581 motorists stopped with THREE OVI arrests? This is a tremendous waste of time and manpower. The time would be better spent loading OVI platenumbers into the scanner database and scanning for them during normal patrols. Also, use the manpower to follow up on convicted offenders. I support mandatory sentences for OVI offenders. The 0.5% arrest rate is ridiculous. Leave it to government to stop and irritate 578 sober drivers to arrest 3 offenders.