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Patrol releases video of impaired wrong-way driver on turnpike near Milan

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Sep 13, 2012 at 7:00 PM

The Ohio State Highway Patrol released compelling dash-cam video from an Aug. 28 incident in which an impaired driver drove the wrong-way on the Ohio Turnpike near Milan, striking a patrol cruiser.

Troopers successfully deployed stop sticks and apprehended Joseph Kozar without further damage or injury to innocent motorists. Kozar, 67, of Amherst, was charged with vehicular assault, OVI, leaving the scene of an accident and reckless operation of a motor vehicle.

"This compelling video demonstrates the enormous danger that impaired drivers cause to innocent motorists," said Colonel John Born, Patrol superintendent. "Motorists are reminded that if you plan to drink this holiday weekend, plan ahead and designate a sober driver -- if you drive impaired, you will be arrested."

Heading into Labor Day weekend, troopers had arrested 15,960 impaired drivers so far this year -- nearly 900 more than during the same time period last year.

During the four-day period from midnight Friday to 11:59 p.m. Monday, troopers made 693 additional arrests involving impaired drivers -- nearly identical to last year's 701 total during that same time frame.

The Patrol encourages the public to continue using #677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.

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