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Monroeville police charge man with DUI near his home

Cary Ashby • Jun 7, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Village police charged a Monroeville man with driving under the influence (DUI) during its Click It or Ticket campaign.

The DUI issued to Daniel J. Brown, 30, of the 383 Monroe St., was the only such citation in the campaign that went from May 20 through June 2.

Brown was cited at 3:34 a.m. May 29 in the 200 block of Monroe Street after he hit a utility pole, police said.

"The utility pole was repairable, but was damaged," Monroeville Police Chief Gary Lyons said. "He almost made it home."

Brown's blood-alcohol content level tested at .173 percent via a breathalyzer, according to Norwalk Municipal Court records. The legal limit for Ohio drivers is .08 percent.

"He blew almost three times over the limit," Lyons said about Brown, who has no prior DUI convictions.

Police had the van towed from the scene.

During the campaign, officers initiated 80 traffic stops. Lyons said no specific roads were targeted, so the stops covered the entire village.

There were 15 seatbelt violations, 16 speeding citations and nine various citations, such as a stop sign violation. One person was charged with driving with a suspended license. Officers issued 38 warnings.

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