State representative arrested for drunk driving

Ohio residents should be able to look to the law to help keep them safe. Similarly, they should be able to look to their lawmakers for leadership in establishing those laws and for living out the practices that those laws embody. When these lawmakers fail to live up to the standards of the laws they help to put in place or uphold, it is understandable for the public to feel disappointed.

That is what many people around Ohio may be feeling today as they learn more about the dangerous driving history of one of their state representatives and his recent arrest for drunk driving. In the early morning hours of a Sunday, the man is said to have essentially passed out in his vehicle while in a fast food restaurant's drive-thru lane. When officers found him, he had trouble standing and was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence. He also had a gun that was loaded in his vehicle which is against the law and therefore was charged with weapons offense in addition to the OVI offense.

His driving record shows that between 2000 and 2014, he amassed seven speeding tickets in Ohio and one in Florida. Among those in Ohio include violations for driving 97 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone and other high speeds. He was also involved in seven different crashes from 2000 to 2011. It is unknown if any injuries resulted in those crashes.

When a person in Ohio is injured by a negligent driver, even a lawmaker, talking to an attorney may be a good way of learning how to seek justice.

Source: Dayton Daily News, "Lawmaker facing OVI, weapons charge got 2014 ticket for driving 97 mph," Laura A. Bischoff, March 14, 2017

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