Local woman charged with DUI after crash

Cary Ashby • Feb 19, 2013 at 9:07 AM

A rural Wakeman woman was charged in connection with a drunken-related crash investigated by the Elyria post of the state Highway Patrol.

Louann Mayo, 49, of 14319 Butler Road, was one of 16 area motorists charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in the past week in Lorain County. Sgt. Tim Hoffman said Mayo has one prior DUI conviction from 1984.

In addition to the DUI, Mayo was charged with failure to maintain assured clear distance in the crash that happened about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday.

She was westbound on Ohio 113, west of Gifford Road before the accident. Hoffman said Mayo hit the back of a disabled pickup truck on the berm that was partially in the road.

The 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Mayo spun. She crossed the center line, went off the right side of Ohio 113 and stopped partially in a ditch.

"Nobody was in the truck. They were getting gas," said Hoffman, who was with the Norwalk post before his promotion.

Mayo's blood-alcohol content level tested at .202, troopers said. That's 2 1/2 times more than the legal limit of .08 for drivers in Ohio.

Don's Towing towed the Cavalier from the scene with functional damage to the front and right side.

Troopers with the Elyria post have made 87 DUI-related arrests this year as of press time. As of Feb. 11, the patrol has made 2,405 DUI arrests in the state this year.

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