Reckless driving complaint leads to OVI arrest


A reckless driving complaint led to an OVI arrest for a South Carolina semi-driver Sunday morning around 8 o’clock.

The Logan County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a semi traveling west on Route 33 driving erratically and causing a hazard to other motorists.

Before deputies arrived, Bellefontaine Police stopped the semi on 33 east of the rest area.

When deputies arrived, the BPD officer relayed he saw the semi cross over the center line by an entire truck length and then back into her correct lane numerous times.

While speaking with the driver, Deanette Caldwell, 50, authorities could smell a moderate odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath.

Caldwell said she picked up a load of oranges from New Jersey and was in transit to Indiana to drop off the produce. She also told deputies she had been driving for 18 hours without rest and had consumed 2-3 alcoholic beverages the evening before.

Caldwell failed sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for OVI.

Authorities observed several alcoholic beverages inside the cab, which is a Department of Transportation violation. There were two full cans and one empty can of Reds Wicked Ale and a thermos that had some liquid left inside that smelled heavily of wine.

Caldwell was transported to the Logan County Jail where she agreed to submit to a breath test that resulted in a .265. She was just over three times the legal limit in Ohio which is .08.

Caldwell was cited with three different counts of OVI (OVI, OVI High Test results, and commercial OVI).

She was lodged in the jail on an OVI misdemeanor charge and commercial OVI.