UPDATE - Norwalk truck driver has license suspended for 3 years

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:07 PM

A Norwalk man who ran a truck into an Avery motel room this weekend had his driver's license suspended for three years after he pleaded guilty Monday to driving under the influence.

Joel Deleon, 32, of 5144 U.S. 250, Lot 27, also will serve 60 days in the Erie County Jail for the DUI at the same time he serves a similar sentence for driving with a suspended license. Also during Monday's hearing, Erie County Municipal Judge Paul Lux fined Deleon a total of $1,500 and suspended $750 as part of three years of probation.

Deleon drove his relative's pickup truck into the Super 8 Motel, 11313 U.S. 250, about 7:30 p.m. Saturday and fled to his mother's residence in the Rustic Hills Mobile Home Park. Erie County Sheriff's Capt. Paul Sigsworth said the truck "narrowly" missed a 37-year-old Norwalk woman, the defendant's ex-girlfriend, who was looking through the peephole of her room moments earlier.

She and her 13-year-old son sustained minor injuries from flying debris. Deleon's speed and distance from the motel room before the collision is unknown.

"It obviously was excessive speed," Sigsworth said.

Huron County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Shupp received a 9-1-1 call from Deleon's mother's home "with a lot of screaming going on" just as he arrived at Rustic Hills, Major Greg Englund said. Shupp chased the suspect on foot into the nearby woods, where the pair wrestled as Deleon attempted to flee from the deputy several times.

Englund said Shupp eventually had to use his Taser to subdue Deleon.

The suspect refused to submit to breathalyzer, Sigsworth said, but deputies determined he was intoxicated "based on his interaction with them."

Deleon must post a $100,000 bond before being released from the Erie County Jail on one count each of attempted murder and felonious assault. He also faces a charge of vandalism.

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