May 26, 2016

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Two arrested for OVI during Thanksgiving checkpoints

A sobriety checkpoint and nearby “saturation” patrols last week netted two operating vehicle impaired arrests and other citations.

The Medina County OVI Task Force and the Ohio Highway Patrol conducted the checkpoint in the 3300 block of Medina Road (state Route 18), west of Interstate 71, in Medina Township.

Police officers from Medina Township, Medina, Montville, Brunswick, Brunswick Hills, Hinckley and Wadsworth, as well as patrol troopers and Medina County sheriff’s deputies participated.

Police checked 441 cars in 2½ hours. Of those, 14 were diverted for further investigation, resulting in citations for drug paraphernalia, marijuana possession and two driving under suspension violations.

Saturation patrols along roads around the checkpoint resulted in two OVI arrests.

One person had a blood-alcohol content of 0.117 and the other person refused to be tested, police said. The person who refused the test was also charged with open container.

Ohio’s blood-alcohol content limit is 0.08.

The saturation patrols made 37 other stops and issued citations for driving under suspension, speeding, failure to obey stop signs and marked lanes.

The OVI Task Force is a coalition of county law enforcement agencies, working to deter drunken driving.

Police who work outside of their city or township are deputized as agents of the Sheriff’s Office while working with the task force. The task force is funded by a grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety. The checkpoint was the second one conducted by task force for this grant year, which began Oct. 1.

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