Cleveland, OH(5-9-15)- A Cleveland-area man is facing OVI and possession charges after colliding with a police patrol car in the Cleveland Heights-area Friday morning.

Cleveland.com reports that police pulled over a 44-year-old male driver Friday morning around 5:20 a.m. after he ran onto someone’s lawn on Euclid Heights Boulevard. He then side-swiped a patrol car he passed as he continued to drive a short while until police apprehended him.

Police said the man appeared to be intoxicated and, according to the police report, when asked for his license, the driver handed the officer his wallet which contained two marijuana joints. Making matters worse, as he exited his vehicle two cigarettes containing cocaine fell from his clothing, the news site reported.

During the course of the stop, the man allegedly told police “so he could put his car to sleep,” Cleveland.com reports.

The man was arrested and charged with numerous charges, including OVI and possession of marijuana and cocaine, the last of which is a felony. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

An operating a vehicle under the influence charge is bad enough, but when there are other charges added on– drug possession and causing an accident, in this case—you will be facing a tough legal battle. Every charged against you calls for an aggressive defense. We all make mistakes and the attorneys at USAttorneys understand that those mistakes shouldn’t ruin your life or destroy your future.

An OVI charge whether the charged person is suspected of being drunk or on drugs can lead to possible jail time, suspended driving privileges and over time can cost a person thousands of dollars. What’s more, a DUI conviction will stay on your record for 6 years and will work against you if you get into any other legal trouble during that period.

If you have been charged with OVI in Ohio, you need the advice of a defense attorney right away. You can lose your license immediately, something that may be avoidable with knowledgeable legal counsel. From beginning to end, every stage of your case is important and not getting the advice and help you need can jeopardize your case. Retaining a DUI defense attorney from the start will ensure that you have the leverage needed to secure a plea bargain or pursue reduced charges and fully examine the evidence being presented against you.

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