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Ohio Highway Patrol charges Uhrichsville man with 14th OVI offense

Ohio Highway Patrol charges Uhrichsville man with 14th OVI offense

NEW PHILADELPHIA ‒ An Uhrichsville man has been charged with his 14th OVI offense.

John F. Owens, 60, was involved in a collision June 24 on Ohio 39 near Interstate 77 in Dover Township, according to troopers with the New Philadelphia post of the Ohio Highway Patrol. Owens was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Blazer traveling east on Ohio 39 when he struck a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado from behind. Owens then drove away from the accident scene.

After an investigation, officers located the Chevrolet Blazer and Owens at the registered owner’s address. Owens refused all field sobriety tests, including a breath test, and was arrested for OVI.

This case will be reviewed by the Tuscarawas County Prosecutor’s Office for additional charges of misdemeanor OVI, guaranteed clear distance, skipping, driving under suspension, and no license. Owens has two prior OVI convictions.

If found guilty, he could face up to 36 months in prison.