19 year old Damien S. Hester was arrested on February 14th this year and faced multiple drunken driving related charges after he lead law enforcement officers on a dangerous high speed chase which reached speeds of over 100 mph. The pursuit started at Greenwich and Proceeded down US Highway 224 in Huron County.
Guilty verdict found!
According to norwalkreflector.com, as part of his plea deal, his DUI attorney was able to get him off the hook for serious charges such as fifth degree felony, fourth degree misdemeanor, and obstruction of business. Hester pleaded guilty to lesser charges, specifically, one count of DUI and one count of failing to stop to law enforcement. A grand jury passed the verdict in March. These Toledo Ohio DUI attorneys have legal magic to work.
According to arrest reports from February 14th, Greenwich law enforcement officers first spotted Hester driving recklessly in and out of traffic. At first, he pulled over and stopped when signaled to do so but had a change of mind for some reason and sped away.
Greenwich authorities called off the chase for safety concerns once speeds reached and crossed the 100mph mark. However, officers of Plymouth Police Department continued pursuing Hester who eventually lost control of his vehicle and drove off the road and into a ditch.
According to Toledo Ohio DUI attorneys, the legal maximum limit in terms of blood alcohol content in the state is 0.08% and Hester’s BAC registered 0.063%. He was still charged with a DUI because he is under the age of 21 and hence there is no threshold applicable. Any amount of alcohol in the system can lead to a DUI charge. Hester has been free after posting a $65,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court for sentencing in on August 20th.
Woman and child sustain critical injuries after being hit by alleged drunken driver
The crash occurred in Seneca County in Loudon Township on Saturday evening last week and has resulted in a woman and a child being seriously injured. The accident took place on Township Road 112, just a few miles east of State Highway 587.
As reported by wkyc.com, the injured have been identified as 45 year old Kimberly Zacharias and a 6 year old girl. Supposedly, Kimberly was physically pushing an all-terrain vehicle while the little girl sat on it. At this point, a suspected drunk driver identified as 56 year old Jon Barchus struck them, causing the girl to be ejected from the ATV.
Both victims are currently being treated EMS of Fostoria Hospital. Barchus has been slapped with DUI charges and perhaps some other charges as well. He will need a Toledo Ohio DUI attorney for sure, so will the victims.
Ohio DUI laws
Ohio state law is pretty concise when it comes to DUI offenses and Ohio is doing well economically since it has a fantastic governor. Ohio is well-managed and DUI offenders should be fairly warned. As far as private, non-commercial vehicles operated by adults (21 or over) are concerned, a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher will result in a DUI. For obvious reasons, this threshold is lower for commercial drivers and persons under the age of 21.
Ohio takes DUI offenses very seriously and offenders maybe punished with prison sentences, fines, ignition interlock devices, counseling, community service, and other penalties. This is why it is crucial for anyone charged with a DUI to consult an experienced and aggressive DUI attorney to get started working on their defense.