Motorist drives into Streetsboro fire station after drinking antifreeze

by MIKE LESKO | REPORTER Published:

Streetsboro -- A 45-year-old Streetsboro man drove his vehicle into the rear of the Streetsboro fire station Aug. 21 after admitting to police he consumed alcohol and about a gallon of antifreeze "for unknown reasons," said Police Lt. Darin Powers.

He was charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence, then received a second OVI charge nearly three weeks later.

After drinking the antifreeze, the man realized he needed medical attention and drove to the fire department shortly before 11 p.m., according to police.

While pulling into the back lot, his vehicle struck the building, causing "very minor damage" and some damage to the vehicle, said Powers.

He was taken to Cleveland Clinic in Twinsburg and from there to the main Cleveland Clinic campus in Cleveland, according to police.

Due to his medical condition, no blood-alcohol test was administered, police said, and he was not arrested at the time, but was later issued a summons in lieu of arrest for OVI, operation without reasonable control and expired plates.

Almost three weeks later, the man received another OVI charge on Sept. 9 at 12:23 a.m. on Cherokee Trail. Police received an anonymous call from a concerned citizen that saw him driving and felt he may be intoxicated.

Police said they observed the vehicle described by the caller on Route 43, then pulled over the vehicle as it turned onto Cherokee Trail.

After the man took a series of field sobriety tests, he was charged with OVI, police said. He refused to take a blood-alcohol test., and was released on a personal recognizance bond and transported to his home.

Email: mlesko@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9400 ext. 4187

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