Drunk driver charged with hit-skip crash on Labor Day

A drunk driver was charged on numerous counts after a hit-skip accident Monday afternoon just before 4 o’clock.

The Bellefontaine Police Department reports Ronald Coleman, 55, of Bellefontaine, was stopped at a red light on Garfield Avenue, near the intersection of Lawrence Street, when Ernest McWilliams, 56, of Bellefontaine, failed to maintain assured clear distance and struck the trailer Coleman was pulling.

Coleman told officers McWilliams got out of his vehicle, looked at the damage, and said “you’re OK,” before he got back in his vehicle and left.

Officers located McWilliams in his garage, in the 600 block of Cook Avenue.

He repeatedly refused to come out of the garage.

Authorities noticed McWilliams was intoxicated.

McWilliams made a phone call and told the other person on the line that he was going to jail for “a hit and run,” before officers began to question him about the incident.

He was taken into custody while resisting, pulling away from officers, and screaming profanities.

Once McWilliams was detained, he pulled away and attempted to ram his head into a shelving unit inside the garage. He also stopped in the doorway and struck the doorway with his head several times before officers were able to move him away.

A strong odor of an alcoholic beverage was emanating from McWilliams’s breath.

He refused to take field sobriety tests.

McWilliams was cited with OVI, OVI refusal, hit-skip, resisting arrest, DUS Court suspension, failure to reinstate license, and assured clear distance.

He was lodged in the Logan County Jail.