By Melanie Yingst
Information provided by Miami County Sheriff’s Office
OPEN CONTAINER: Miami County Sheriff’s Office was patrolling in the area of 2050 North County Road 25A, Troy when the deputy observed a vehicle make several marked lane violations. The deputy initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver of the vehicle, identified as one Melody Brandts. When Melody rolled down the window of the vehicle, the deputy immediately smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage. The deputy informed Melody the reason for the traffic stop and asked for her driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance. Another deputy approached the vehicle on the passenger side and the right front passenger told the assisting deputy that he had an open container of Olde English Malt Liquor. The assisting deputy asked the right front passenger and all three back seat passengers for their identification. The passenger in the right front passenger seat was identified as Logan Ford. The three back seat passengers of the vehicle were identified as Aaron Covault, Caleb Covault, and Beau Orndorff. The assisting deputy noticed that there was also a case of closed Budweiser beer on the floor of the vehicle. The reporting deputy returned to the cruiser and ran the occupants of the vehicle’s information through LEADS and discovered that all five occupants had no warrants and that the driver of the vehicle had a valid license. The deputy returned to the vehicle and informed Logan that he was being cited for an open container of beer/intoxicating liquor in a moving motor vehicle. The deputy informed Logan of his court date and released the vehicle from the traffic stop.
CAR ACCIDENT AND OVI IN BRADFORD: Miami County Sheriff’s Office responded to a traffic crash at E. Main St and Miami Ave in Bradford. The initial report stated an individual drove his vehicle off the road and struck a building. The reporting party advised the single occupant of the vehicle was in the roadway trying to solicit a ride. The deputy arrived on scene as a citizen, who refused to be involved, pointed out a vehicle the driver solicited a ride from. The deputy made contact with the driver of the solicited ride and informed him of the reason for the detainment. The driver, identified as Robert Smith, stated he saw the unknown individual in the roadway flagging him down and requested a ride. The deputy asked the passenger, later identified as Jonathon Farmer, to step out of the vehicle. Jonathon complied, and when he exited the vehicle the deputy noticed a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath. Jonathon could not stand on his own, and was stumbling around. The deputy attempted to question Jonathon about the reported accident and Jonathon stated he was drunk and “didn’t do it.” The deputy had difficulty communicating with Jonathon because of his slurred speech. Eventually Jonathon confessed to driving intoxicated and wrecking his car. Jonathon stated the vehicle was parked at Rich’s gas station. Jonathon said he was driving northbound on Miami Avenue and made a right hand turn onto E. Main St. As Jonathon made the turn, he ran off the roadway and struck a light pole. The deputy walked across the street to Rich’s gas station to look at Jonathon’s vehicle. The deputy observed heavy left front end damage and both air bags were deployed. The deputy opened the door of the vehicle and noticed the air bags were freshly deployed due to smoke residue from the deployment. The deputy also observed minor damage to the light pole Jonathon stated he hit. The deputy informed Jonathon that he suspected him of OVI and asked him if he would submit to a field sobriety tests. Jonathon stated he could not perform the Field Sobriety Test, but he would submit to a breath test.
Based on Jonathon’s inability to stand without falling, the deputy felt conducting the SFST would not be safe. Robert Smith asked if he could tow Jonathon’s vehicle for him in the morning since it was inoperable. Jonathon stated that would be fine. Since Jonathon’s vehicle was in a parking lot, the deputy informed Robert and Jonathon they could tow the vehicle first thing in the morning. The deputy informed Jonathon if the vehicle wasn’t gone by the morning, it would be towed at his expense. The deputy placed Jonathon in handcuffs, ensuring they were double locked and placed him in the back of the cruiser. The deputy transported Jonathon to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office to conduct a breath test. Before the breath test was conducted, the deputy read Jonathon the BMV 2255 form. Jonathon stated he understood the form and would submit to the breath test. Another officer assisted by conducting the breath test. The test results showed Jonathon had a BAC of .175. Jonathon received traffic citations for OVI and Failure to Control. The deputy also cited Jonathon for underage alcohol consumption. The deputy transported Jonathon back to his residence in Bradford and released him.
OVI ISSUED IN TROY: A Miami County Sheriff’s Office deputy noticed a vehicle traveling east on Main Street approaching Adams Street, Troy, Miami County. The traffic light at the intersection turned to red as the vehicle approached. The vehicle continued through the intersection after it had turned to red. The deputy activated my overhead lights and stopped the vehicle on Cherry Street near Water Street. The deputy approached the vehicle on the driver’s side and explained to the driver why the deputy stopped him, and he said he thought the light was yellow. The deputy then identified the driver as Travis Wackler. The deputy asked Travis where he was going, and he said he was going to the Brewery. While the deputy was talking to Travis, the deputy noticed his eyes were red and watery, his speech was slurred, and there was a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle. The deputy asked Travis how much alcohol he had to drink tonight. He said he has not had anything to drink. The deputy told him that he could smell alcohol and asked him again. He again said he did not have anything to drink. The deputy then asked Travis to step out of his vehicle to perform some field sobriety tests, which he agreed to do. At this time another deputy arrived to assist.
Travis was transported the Miami County Sheriff’s Office to conduct field tests. The deputy told Travis he was under arrest for operating a vehicle under the influence. The deputy handcuffed Travis behind his back. He was then walked into the sheriff’s office for further processing. The deputy read Travis the BMV 2255 Form, with another deputy as a witness. The deputy asked Travis if he would submit to a breath test, and he said he would. The assisting deputy ran the breath test and Travis blew a .095 BAC. The deputy issued Travis a citation for operating a vehicle under the influence and red light violation. He was then released to a sober driver.
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