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Man sentenced to jail for sixth OVI offense

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Troy Crabtree, 51, of Lakeview, forfeited his vehicle and was sentenced Monday to local lockup and a four-figure fine for a fourth-degree felony charge of drunk driving.

Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor ordered the defendant to 60 days in Logan County Jail, three years’ community control and issued a $1,350 fine, a three-year driver’s license suspension and required him to pay court costs and attorney fees.

The jail time, fine and driver’s license suspension each is mandatory-minimum requirements according to state law.

The defendant, under the law, also must relinquish the 1995 Ford Escape he was driving the night he was arrested again for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The judge also ordered an interlocking device on any vehicle the defendant drives in the future. Alcohol counseling at least twice per week was established as part of the man’s probation after he gets out of jail.

At a plea hearing last month, Logan County prosecutors documented that Mr. Crabtree’s March 24 OVI arrest was at least his sixth such offense since 1994.

According to prosecutors, the defendant pleaded guilty to OVI in Bellefontaine Municipal Court in 1994, 1996 and twice in 2008. He also pleaded guilty to OVI in Clark County in 2009.

Troopers from the Marysville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol report the defendant had seven people riding in a vehicle designed to seat only five. One person had crammed in the trunk.

He failed initial field sobriety tests before declining to submit to any others. At the jail, he also refused a breath test.

Mr. Crabtree requested and was granted a furlough. He’d asked to be allowed to stay out of jail until after Christmas, but Judge O’Connor ordered him to report Friday.

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