The Logan County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a truck swerving across US 33 West near State Route 292, Saturday morning around 4:00.
The deputies identified a vehicle that matched this description and began following the truck as it headed west on State Route 540. The vehicle traveled left of center, straddling the centerline of East Sandusky Avenue three times before being pulled over near Park Street in Bellefontaine.
Upon approaching the vehicle, authorities detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage and identified the driver as Sean Warniment, 26.
When asked where he was coming from, Warniment stated several times that he lived just down the road. The deputies observed that Warniment’s speech was slurred and his eyes were extremely glassy and bloodshot.
Warniment was asked to step outside the vehicle, and he complied. He appeared to have difficulty maintaining his balance.
After refusing to submit to a field sobriety test, Warniment was placed under arrest and secured in the patrol car.
There, Warniment informed the officer that he had a handgun in the center console of his truck, which he had used to dispatch groundhogs on family property. He was apologetic and stated that he had forgotten about the firearm.
The gun, a Smith & Wesson M&P, as well as one magazine, four .40 caliber cartridges, and a black holster were found.
Warniment was transported to the Logan County Jail. At the jail, he agreed to perform a breath test. His BAC yielded 0.172, which is just over two times the legal limit in Ohio.
Warniment was issued two citations for OVI and one citation for crossing marked lanes.