Passenger Helen McGovern, 60 of Toledo, was charged with five counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, and fellow passenger Sylvia Gendaszek, 59 of Toledo, was charged with possession of a controlled substance as a result of a Friday afternoon traffic stop.
Officers of the Washington Township Police Department and the department’s canine unit conducted a traffic stop about 2:15 p.m. in the area of U.S. Route 33 east of Russells Point for a vehicle with an equipment violation.
Upon making contact with the occupants, the back seat passenger was observed making movements as if she was hiding something. She was identified as McGovern. The driver was asked to exit the vehicle. He consented to a search of the vehicle.
Upon asking McGovern to exit the vehicle, she was observed trying to hide a black bag in a floor board compartment. The bag was searched and five different controlled medications, marijuana, a digital scale and plastic baggies were located.
A search of the front passenger compartment was conducted and a suboxone strip was located inside a purse. The front seat passenger, Gendaszek, stated it was hers and she didn’t have a prescription.
Both passengers were both taken into custody and were incarcerated in the Logan County Jail.
Driver crashes into creek, charged with OVI
Ronald Shellenberger, 53 of Savannah, Ga., was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs as a result of a crash about 4:40 p.m. Saturday.
Officers were dispatched to the area of State Route 274 and County Road 61 for an injury accident. Upon arrival, it was determined that Shellenberger failed to stop at the stop sign and traveled approximately 600 feet into a field at the T- intersection before coming to rest in a creek bed.
While speaking with Shellenberger, signs of intoxication were observed. Officers said he failed field sobriety tests.
He was arrested for OVI and submitted to a breath test, with a result of 0.216 blood alcohol content. He also was cited for disobeying a traffic control device and was released to a sober driver. His vehicle sustained heavy damage.