June 28, 2017

Painesville judge requiring drunk driving defendants to download Uber, Lyft on smartphones

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A 26-year-old Painesville woman stands before Painesville Municipal Court Judge Michael A. Cicconetti June 6 for her first drunk driving arrest.

The woman was stopped around 3 a.m., June 3, by the Ohio Highway Patrol while headed east on Route 2 near the Fairport Harbor exit.

The trooper noticed her eyes were bloodshot and she had a strong odor of alcohol.

After failing field sobriety tests, she blew a .200 percent blood alcohol content on a Breathalyzer — more than twice Ohio’s legal limit of 0.08 percent.

When the judge asked her why she was driving under the influence, she replied, “I worked a double at (a restaurant/bar) in downtown Willoughby and I stayed after (to drink).”The woman pleaded guilty to OVI and was sentenced to serve three days in jail or successfully complete a driver’s prevention program, which will cost her $328.She must also pay $928 in fines […]

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