OVI and Drug Charges Dropped


A man was arrested after he crashed his car into a guard rail in Medina County. He was charged with OVI as well as chemical test refusal. After a bench trial, the man was found guilty on all charges, so the defendant appealed. After the court evaluated the sufficiency of the evidence, they found that it was not weighty enough to warrant a criminal conviction for OVI. In fact, none of the individuals who testified in court could name the drug that the defendant was allegedly under the influence of. Conviction of, inter alia, OVI involving drug of abuse was not supported by sufficient evidence demonstrating impairment that resulted from being under the influence of substances, drugs, intoxicants or excessive medications prohibited by R.C. 3719.011(A) or R.C. 4506.01(L).