Half-full beer can found in disabled vehicle

Cary Ashby • Jul 1, 2014 at 9:07 PM

A state trooper's investigation of a disabled vehicle turned into a probe about suspected drunk driving.

Trooper Tom Halko, of the state Highway Patrol's Norwalk post, responded to a disabled vehicle off the side of the road about 9:45 p.m. June 22. The 2001 Nissan SW was near the intersection of Ridge and Hasbrock roads in Bronson Township.

The driver and only occupant, Curt J. Snelling, 54, of Cincinnati, refused to take a breath test after Halko reportedly found a half-full can of Milwaukee's Best in the center console, according to the patrol. The trooper determined the vehicle didn't have any brakes and Snelling was using his emergency brake to slow and stop.

Snelling was charged with driving under the influence and an open container violation.

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