Intoxicated driver arrested in Bellefontaine

An intoxicated driver was arrested late Monday night, just after 11:30, in the Speedway parking lot on South Main Street in Bellefontaine.

Bellefontaine Police received a tip of a possible intoxicated male stumbling around outside near a vehicle.

Upon arrival, officers approached the suspect vehicle, they heard it running and the driver, Key Jenkins, 50, of Bellefontaine, shut the vehicle off.

Authorities opened the driver’s door to speak with Jenkins and they immediately detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle.

Officers noticed Jenkins’ eyes to be watery, glassy, and bloodshot.

He was asked to exit the vehicle and complied.

Jenkins claimed he has not done anything wrong and that he has Gout. As he stood in one spot, officers observed Jenkins swaying from side to side.

Jenkins denied having anything to drink.

Authorities did not find any open containers inside his vehicle.

Jenkins was asked where he was coming from and he stated “nowhere.”

He declined field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest.

Jenkins was transported to the police station. While en route, officers detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage.

At the station, the witness who reported Jenkins stated he saw him pull into the Speedway parking lot slowly and park on the sidewalk. Jenkins then exited his vehicle and stumbled around to the rear and up the passenger side. The witness said Jenkins then fell into the headlight on the passenger side of the vehicle.

Authorities learned Jenkins was under seven failure to reinstate, two non-compliance, and one license forfeiture suspensions. They also found out Jenkins has two prior OVI convictions from 2010 and 2016.

He was cited for OVI, non-compliance suspension, license forfeiture, and failure to reinstate.

Jenkins was released to his daughter.