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Defendant pleads guilty to fourth OVI

A thrice convicted drunk driver pleaded guilty Monday before Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor to a fourth charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Kathleen M. Powell, 53, of Marysville, was driving a car on County Road 10 about 1 a.m. Feb. 1 when she crashed near Township Road 180.

The defendant told Logan County Sheriff’s deputies she crashed while trying to turn her vehicle around after missing the entrance ramp onto U.S. Route 33. Deputies were notified by a resident in the 4300 block of T.R. 180 who reported Ms. Powell appeared intoxicated as she knocked at the front door seeking help with her disabled vehicle.

Ms. Powell refused a blood-alcohol test, and immediately requested her lawyer. The charge is a fourth-degree felony because the defendant has three previous OVI convictions — two in Franklin County and another in Delaware Municipal Court.

She was not lawfully driving a car on the night of the crash, prosecutors said.  

The charge also carries at least a mandatory 60 days in jail. Her driver’s license will be suspended for at least three more years and her vehicle must be equipped with an interlocking device that will lock the steering wheel in the event an accompanying breathalyzer registers alcohol in her system.

A presentence investigation was ordered and Ms. Powell will be sentenced July 1.

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