A Quaker City, Ohio, man was arrested recently for felony driving under the influence in Ravenswood.
Ian Robert Wood, 24, 57123 St. John Road, Quaker City, Ohio, was charged with third-offense driving under the influence. Magistrate Laura Pursley set bond at $6,000.
Around 2:36 a.m. on Dec. 1, Cpl. David Prechtl of the Ravenswood Police Department was on duty when he saw a black truck eastbound on Royal Street fail to stop at a red light, according to a criminal complaint filed in magistrate court. The vehicle continued onto the property of the Ravenswood Senior Center.
Prechtl activated emergency lights and the vehicle began to back up. The officer honked his horn and the vehicle stopped and then drove forward. Prechtl activated his vehicle’s siren, and the vehicle continued toward the back of the parking lot, where it stopped abruptly.
Prechtl had the operator exit the vehicle. The driver was identified as Wood, who allegedly smelled strongly of alcohol and had trouble standing. According to Prechtl’s complaint, the driver’s speech was slurred, his eyes were glassy, and he allegedly admitted to drinking alcohol.
Wood was the only person in the vehicle. In the center console cup holder, Prechtl found a cold, open bottle of beer.
Prechtl conducted field sobriety tests, on which Wood allegedly performed poorly. He allegedly could not hold a heel-to-toe stance during the instructions, had to prop himself up by holding onto the truck bed, and could not perform the test as he could not walk without risk of falling down. On the one leg stand, Wood could not pick up one leg without immediately loosing his balance and Prechtl had to hold onto him to prevent him falling down.
Wood was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to the Ravenswood Police Department, where his breath test results indicated at blood-alcohol concentration of 0.252.
A check of Wood’s driving history showed two prior impaired driving convictions in Ohio and Michigan. It also showed his Ohio license was revoked for DUI.