The Ohio Supreme Court's Board of Professional Conduct was urged on Jan. 10 to publicly reprimand a Lucas County judge who was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in July. The recommendation was made by the judge and the court's disciplinary counsel. An Ohio Supreme Court justice who found herself in a similar position was reprimanded in 2005. A public reprimand would become part of the judge's permanent record, but it would not prevent the judge from serving on the bench or seeking reelection.
A 33-year-old Ohio truck driver has been ordered off the road by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The FMCSA issued the man with an out of service order on Oct. 28 because he has been charged with several drug violations and involved in numerous alcohol or drug-related accidents. The most serious accident took place on Sept. 28 when the man's semi-tractor trailer crossed the center line on State Road 534 and struck a cargo van head-on. The van's driver and passenger both died in the crash.
Police in Ohio say that a 54-year-old woman had a blood alcohol concentration of .32% when she was involved in a minor traffic accident on Aug. 26. That is four times the state's .08% legal driving limit. The accident took place near the intersection of Columbia Road and Center Ridge Road in Westlake. The woman was taken into custody at the scene and has been charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
Authorities in Ohio and throughout the country are allowed to conduct sobriety checkpoints. However, the Supreme Court ruled in 1990 that the checkpoints must be publicized ahead of time, and failing to do so would be a violation of a person's Fourth Amendment rights. Authorities also say that the point of checkpoints is to educate drivers about the dangers of impaired driving. In 2018, there were 13,364 crashes in Ohio that were caused by drunk or impaired drivers.
An Ohio state representative pleaded guilty to a charge of having physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence. He was pulled over early in the morning on March 29, 2019 by a trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The trooper said field sobriety tests indicated that the representative was impaired. The man was placed under arrest and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence.
NFL fans in Ohio and around the country who watched the recent NFC Championship Game may have seen cornerback P.J. Williams record seven tackles and break up one pass as his New Orleans Saints were narrowly beaten by the Los Angeles Rams. Williams is scheduled to become a free agent if he does not sign a new deal in New Orleans, but his prospects of a lucrative contract were dealt a blow in the early morning hours of Jan. 23 when he was taken into custody on drunk driving charges.
Ohio movie fans may be interested in learning that actor Vince Vaughn was officially charged with DUI on September 7. The 48-year-old actor faced charges after an alleged drunk driving incident that occurred on June 10.
Ohio residents may recognize Steve Wilkos from his time on "The Jerry Springer Show". In January, he crashed his car while driving under the influence of alcohol. He initially claimed that he was looking for his glasses at the time of the accident. However, an investigation determined that alcohol caused the crash that left Wilkos injured.
Before you down too many drinks at all the holiday parties you attend this month, be aware of the consequences of getting behind the wheel afterward. In 2016, Christmas had the most alcohol-related fatalities of all holidays, reports the Ohio Department of Public Safety, and the month of December had the most drunk-driving accidents leading to property damage. Furthermore, most alcohol-related crashes occurred between the hours of 8 PM and 4 AM.