July 2, 2016

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Police: Man busted for mushrooms at checkpoint

BRUNSWICK — The Medina County OVI Task Force made three arrests for impaired driving Monday night during a St. Patrick’s Day sobriety checkpoint.

Police from Brunswick, Brunswick Hills, Hinckley, Montville, Seville and Wadsworth joined Ohio Highway Patrol troopers and county sheriff’s deputies in the checkpoint operation 7 to 10 p.m. Monday on Pearl Road near Laurel Road in Brunswick.

In addition to the OVI arrests, one man was arrested on a felony charge of possession of psilocybin mushrooms.

Lt. Brian Ohlin, chairman of the county task force, said the man charged with possession of mushrooms was driving an SUV and towing a U-Haul trailer, and he attempted to turn around and avoid the checkpoint. As he attempted to turn around in a driveway, his trailer jackknifed and caused minor vehicle damage. Ohlin said the driver of the SUV was charged with possession of mushrooms. A passenger has felony charges pending for trafficking in marijuana.

Officers also arrested a driver who had a warrant out for his arrest from Bowling Green police. In total, officers at the checkpoint made 49 traffic stops and pulled 16 cars aside for further investigation. Smaller charges, including driving under suspension, speeding and tickets for marked lane violations were issued.

Monday’s checkpoint was the first of the year for the county’s OVI Task Force, which is funded by a state grant to help increase enforcement of OVI arrests in areas that have identified problems with impaired drivers.

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