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Driver who escaped crash with minor injuries is charged with DUI

Cary Ashby • Jul 18, 2013 at 9:28 AM

A Collins man who wasn't wearing his seatbelt had minor injuries in a crash Tuesday night that destroyed his car, the state Highway Patrol determined.

Tyler J. Coy, 23, of 2033 Wells Road, was charged with driving under the influence (DUI), failure to control and a seatbelt violation in connection with the accident about 8:30 p.m. in the 300 block of Ohio 61. The Norwalk Township accident happened near Sand Road.

(NOTE - To see pictures of the crash, click HERE.)

Coy was eastbound on Ohio 61 heading toward Berlin Heights, a witness said.

The four-door Dodge car stopped on the driver's side in a grove of trees. The engine compartment landed across the road about 100 feet east of the vehicle. The wheels were about 30 feet from the car in a different direction.

Coy was outside of the car when troopers arrived. Sgt. Brian Gockstetter, at the crash scene, said the driver's injuries didn't appear to be life-threatening.

North Central EMS transported Coy to Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

"He was treated and released," hospital spokeswoman Johnna Young said.

The patrol reported blood was taken at Fisher-Titus, but the results are pending.

Trooper Eddie Lopez, in his report, said he found an empty beer bottle at the scene and reported Coy had slurred speech. The trooper's report also mentions an "odor," but doesn't provide any details.

Coy has a prior DUI from 2009, according to the patrol.

Norwalk firefighters and Huron County Sheriff's Detective Eric Bardar assisted troopers at the scene.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Managing editor Joe Centers contributed to this story.

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