Motorist faces OVI charge after crashes

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Bethany J. Smith, 33, of 214 Spruce Ave., was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and was cited for failure to control and failure to stop after three crashes in the downtown area around 12:10 a.m. today.

Officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department found her at Moore’s Cafe, 111 S. Detroit St. She had returned there after a haphazard drive around the block.

Police report she got into a car even though bar staff tried to convince her to not drive. Her car hit the rear of a parked car registered to William J. Stevens of Bellefontaine. She then drove south and turned eastbound onto Chillicothe Avenue and spun out hitting a street sign on the north side of the street.

From there, she continued to Main Street and traveled north to Columbus Avenue. She again lost control while turning westbound and the car hit a street light.

Officers found her car parked with heavy front end damage in front of Mr. Stevens’ car which sustained light damage.

Sobriety tests conducted indoors at the police station indicated she was intoxicated and breathlyzer tests recorded a reading of 0.23 blood alcohol content level, nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08.

She was released to her mother.

Man arrested after returning to residence



Anthony E. Hannah Jr., 34, of 813 Heritage Court, Apt. 54, was charged today with persistent disorderly conduct. Police responded to 105 Plumvalley St. around 3 a.m. and learned the suspect could not find his keys despite a search of the home and the resident’s car.

He was advised to leave but returned a short time later and began threatening Regina Ziegler and her son.

He was lodged in the Logan County Jail.

• Joanne Keating, 29, of rural DeGraff, was taken into custody Wednesday on a parole violation.

Driver cited in crash

Brooke M. Minter, 20, of Bellefontaine, was cited for failure to control after a 1:45 p.m. Wednesday crash in the 400 block of east Brown Avenue.

She was westbound in a car and it hit a parked sport utility vehicle registered to Andrea C. Ward of Columbus.

Damage was heavy to both vehicles.