DeGraff man arrested for OVI


A DeGraff man was arrested for OVI Saturday night just before 10 o’clock.

Bellefontaine Police saw a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on West Sandusky Avenue.

Officers attempted to make a traffic stop but observed the vehicle make an abrupt turn onto North Troy Road. Authorities witnessed the truck swerving and losing control. The vehicle then turned left onto West Chillicothe Avenue and parked in front of a residence.

When asked where he was coming from, Dalton Smith, 31, said from “a buddy’s house”. He denied driving fast or losing control of the vehicle. Smith also admitted to not having anything illegal on him and said he had nothing to drink.

Officers could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on Smith, along with noting other signs of impairment.

Smith declined field sobriety tests and claimed he needed to speak with a lawyer.

Officers found an open 30-pack of Busch Light sitting on the seat of the truck in between the driver and passenger seats.

Authorities observed 14 beers missing from the case and found multiple empty and crushed cans in the truck bed.

Smith was placed under arrest.

He was lodged in the Logan County Jail for OVI and failure to comply.

At the jail, Smith stated he wanted to speak to a lawyer and refused to provide a breath test.