BPD makes three OVI arrests over Thanksgiving holiday

The Bellefontaine Police Department made three separate OVI arrests during the holiday weekend.

On Thursday morning, just before 3 o’clock, officers observed a vehicle traveling the wrong way on Court Avenue. The vehicle then made an improper turn onto South Detroit Street, which is another one-way road, traveling north on a south-only street.

A traffic stop was initiated on Caitlyn Hill, 27, of Bellefontaine.

As officers approached the driver’s side of the vehicle, they immediately smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage.

As she spoke with officers, her speech was slurred and mumbled, her eyes were bloodshot and glossy, and her pupils were dilated.

Authorities also smelled the odor of marijuana.

Hill was asked how much she had to drink, and she stated three beers.

She consented to field sobriety tests and failed.

Hill was placed under arrest for OVI.

Officers went to her vehicle to retrieve her keys to secure her vehicle and observed several marijuana roaches in the vehicle.

A probable cause search was conducted and authorities located marijuana and a glass bowl in the center console.

Hill was transported to the police department where she consented to provide breath samples. Hill blew a .204, which is more than twice the legal limit.

She was cited with two counts of OVI, two counts of operation on one-way streets, and possession of marijuana.

Hill was released from the station to a sober driver.

On Saturday morning, just after midnight, officers were on patrol on West Columbus Avenue.

As they approached the intersection of West Columbus and Detroit Street, a Jeep began exiting the parking lot near the intersection and slammed on the brakes to avoid a collision with the police cruiser.

Officers continued on West Columbus and noticed the vehicle make a narrow left turn out of the parking lot and travel almost entirely in the opposite lane of travel.

Authorities turned around to catch up and follow the vehicle, observing several traffic violations.

A traffic stop was initiated.

Authorities confirmed the temporary registered plate number with dispatch due to the registration returning to a Chrysler sedan.

As officers approached the vehicle, they noticed the driver, Shelbie Mathews, 21, of Bellefontaine, was not wearing her seat belt.

She was asked where she was going and she stated she was heading home on Newell Street.

While speaking with Mathews, authorities observed her eyes to be bloodshot and glossy. They also smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage as she spoke.

Mathews was asked if she had been drinking and she stated no.

While speaking with officers, Mathews admitted they were going to the Pink House and that she had two drinks.

She consented to field sobriety tests and failed.

Mathews was placed under arrest for OVI.

She was transported to the police department where she consented to a breath test.

Mathews blew a .132, which is just over the legal limit of .08.

While at the station, Mathews also admitted to having three vodka and Red Bull drinks.

Mathews was cited with two counts of OVI, no operator’s license, driving under suspension (non-compliance), marked lanes, stop light, stop sign, expired registration, and no safety belt.

She was released to a sober driver.

Also on Saturday morning, just before 3 o’clock, officers observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on South Main Street near Speedway.

Authorities clocked the vehicle traveling 39, 40, and 41 MPH in a 25 MPH zone.

As officers were following the vehicle, they observed numerous traffic violations and the vehicle was traveling at 52 MPH in a 25 MPH zone.

A traffic stop was initiated and authorities noticed a male passenger in the front and a female lying down in the rear seat.

The driver, Kyle Poe, 30, of Bellefontaine, had a blank stare on his face as officers were speaking with him.

Authorities noticed the smell of an alcoholic beverage as well as burnt marijuana. Two open containers of alcoholic beverages were observed in the center console.

Poe consented to a search and officers located a glass pipe.

Poe declined field sobriety tests and was then placed under arrest.

The backseat passenger, Stacy Ellis, 23, had an active warrant out of Bellefontaine Municipal Court for failure to appear.

Ellis and Poe were transported to the Logan County Jail.

Poe refused to provide a breath or urine sample.

He was cited for two counts of OVI, no operator’s license, driving under suspension, failure to reinstate, marked lanes, weaving, speed, improper turn, safety belt, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

Ellis was cited for public intoxication and served her warrant.