Two motorists charged with OVI

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Tanner M. Stump, 24, of 133 E. High Ave., was charged Thursday with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, driving under suspension, reckless operation and disorderly conduct and cited for failure to control after an eastbound car he was driving hit a fire hydrant 311 E. Buckeye St. in Belle Center around 8:45 p.m.

Deputies of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office were responding to a report of a reckless motorist southbound on State Route 638. The witness followed Stump until he lost sight of the car near Hopewell Crossing on north U.S. Route 68.

Officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department also responded to the call and located the suspect injured and slumped over the wheel of the car in the lot of Burger King, 1135 N. Main St. A Bellefontaine squad responded but Stump refused treatment.

Field sobriety tests indicated he was impaired by alcohol. He also made statements regarding his personal safety.

He was lodged in the Logan County Jail.

Deputies soon learned of the crash and added it to the investigation.

• George Briggs, 47, of 10975 Walnut St., Lakeview, was charged Thursday with OVI and a marked lanes violation.

Around 9:30 a.m., deputies were alerted to a motorist leaving a Huntsville gas station in a gray pickup truck. They were able to locate Briggs on State Route 117 and conducted a stop after observing the vehicle twice cross the center line.

Deputies detected an odor of alcohol talking with Briggs and two large cans of beer, one of which was empty.

Briggs, who has three prior OVI convictions, refused to participate in sobriety tests and claimed he was having a heart attack. He was transported by a Huntsville squad to Mary Rutan Hospital for treatment.

Brothers, sister charged

Two brothers and their sister were charged Thursday evening with domestic violence.

Chase Miranda, 30, of 8573 State Route 366, Lot 17; Jessica Hammer, 30, of the same address; and Matthew Miranda, 28, of New Richland, each was issued a summons, deputies report.

Chase allegedly physically confronted Matthew about spanking Chase’s son while Hammer allegedly choked Chase’s girlfriend, Courtnay Hartline, also of that address.

Chase agreed to leave for the night with Hartline and Matthew returned home.

The case was referred to prosecutors for further review.