April 16, 2014

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Drunken driver to wear monitoring bracelet

MEDINA — A 56-year-old Medina man who pleaded guilty in August to leading police on a drunken car chase through three counties will wear an alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet for six months.

Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler warned Gary W. Ostrowski, of 1010 Essex Lane, that he’ll spend two years in prison if alcohol is detected.

In addition, Ostrowski will spend three years on probation, during which his driver’s license will be suspended.
County Assistant Prosecutor Matt Razavi had asked that Ostrowski be given the chance to choose between overcoming alcoholism or going to prison.

“There has to be a threat there,” Razavi told the judge.

Ostrowski was convicted of failing to obey a police officer, a third-degree felony punishable by up to three years in prison.

“I just want to apologize to the court for my actions,” Ostrowski told the judge Thursday. “I’ve been going to counseling, and I’m trying to turn my life around.”

His attorney, David Sheldon, said his client was distraught over a break-up in May, which led to him becoming intoxicated and deciding to drive.

Ostrowski was arrested early May 12 after a Highway Patrol trooper reported seeing a gold Ford F-150 swerve into an eastbound lane on state Route 18 in Granger Township.

When the trooper tried to pull Ostrowski over, he said the man fled.

Ostrowski led police from Medina County into Summit, then into Wayne before returning to Medina, police reported.

Wadsworth and Norton police deployed spikes to slow Ostrowski down, which blew two of his tires. Ostrowski continued driving on rims, police said.

In Montville Township, police reported Ostrowski lost control and crashed into a ditch.

The chase lasted about a half-hour and reached speeds of 75-80 mph, police said.

When tested, Ostrowski registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.168 — more than double the limit of 0.08 in Ohio.
Ostrowski also pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in connection with the chase in Wadsworth Municipal Court on Wednesday. It was his second offense.

He’s set for sentencing there on Nov. 1.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.