October 21, 2014

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Drunken driving arrests include loaded firearm

MEDINA TWP. — Suspected drunken drivers kept Montville and Medina township police busy over the weekend.

Police arrested and cited three drivers for operating vehicle impaired within about two hours early Sunday within a 1.5-mile stretch of state Route 18.

Medina Township police Officer Michael Oyler made two of the arrests — one that became a felony case after a loaded gun was found in the vehicle.

Oyler arrested Nicholas G. Heinrich, 23, of Avon Lake, at about 12:55 a.m. Sunday, after pulling him over near Gateway Drive because there were passengers in the bed of his pickup.

Heinrich failed multiple field-sobriety tests and later was taken to the Montville Police Department, where he failed a blood-alcohol test with a reading of 0.173, reports said. The legal limit for intoxication in Ohio is 0.08.

Heinrich was charged with OVI and OVI with a blood-alcohol level greater than 0.17, both first-degree misdemeanors.

Because of the loaded gun found in the truck, Heinrich also was charged with transporting a weapon while intoxicated and transporting a loaded weapon, fifth-degree felonies, and failure to notify police that he had the weapon, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

He was booked into the Medina County Jail but was freed Tuesday after posting a $10,000, 10 percent cash bond.

The second arrest came at 1:18 a.m. after Montville police pulled over Anthony J. Catherman, 41, of West Salem, near River Styx Road.

Catherman failed multiple field-sobriety tests and was taken to the station where police said he registered 0.151 on an alcohol breath test.

Catherman has a prior OVI within the past six years, according to the police report.

He was booked into the county jail and released Tuesday on a $5,000, 10 percent, bond.

Oyler made the third arrest at 3:10 a.m.

Drew Dicello, 25, of Hinckley Township, was pulled over near Eastpointe Drive for an “excessively loud” exhaust and because his license plate light was out, reports said.

Dicello failed multiple field-sobriety tests and was taken to the Montville Police Department, where police said he registered 0.147 on an alcohol breath test.

According to a police report, Dicello had three OVI convictions in the past four years, making the new charge a fourth-degree felony. His most recent OVI was in March 2008.

Police said he also was driving with a suspended license.

Dicello was taken to the county jail to await a court appearance Friday in Medina Municipal Court. His bond was set at $20,000, 10 percent, for the OVI charge, and $7,500, 10 percent, for driving under suspension.

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