removed two drunken drivers with blood alcohol levels more than two times the legal limit from township roads on one day.
The first arrested occurred at 3:07 a.m. Dec. 18, when an officer on routine patrol saw a vehicle go outside its marked lanes of travel several times on Cleveland-Massillon Road between Embassy Parkway to Yellow Creek Road.
After the officer signaled the driver to pull over, the motorist overdid it. “He pulled too far off the road and slid into the ditch,” the officer wrote in his report.
The driver’s “strong odor of alcoholic beverage and slurred speech” were noted by the officer, who said the man told him “he had a few beers at the in Fairlawn.
The 24-year-old performed poorly on field sobriety tests, was arrested and taken to the Bath Police Department for processing. There, he submitted to a breath test and registered a blood alcohol level of .201. Ohio’s legal limit for drivers is .08.
The man was charged with drunken driving, having a blood alcohol level over .170 and driving outside marked lanes. The man's vehicle was towed and he left the police station in a cab.
Then, at 8:56 p.m. on Dec. 18, police received a report of a possible impaired motorist traveling south on Interstate 77. A Bath officer found the silver vehicle traveling, its headlights off, and watched as the driver crossed the lane markings.
The officer stopped the car and detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on the driver's breath. The driver then performed poorly on several field sobriety tests. He was arrested for drunken driving and taken to the Bath Police Department for processing. There he submitted to a breath test, which registered a blood alcohol level of .195.
The man was charged with drunken driving, having a blood alcohol level over .170 and driving outside marked lanes. His vehicle was towed and a cab took the driver to his home in Westlake.