Troopers find marijuana pipe in wrecked car in Norwalk

Cary Ashby • Jul 10, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Troopers with the state Highway Patrol's Norwalk post have been unable to contact a male suspect who drove and wrecked a Collins woman's car.

During an inventory search of the dark green 2000 Oldsmobile Eclipse, troopers reported finding a glass marijuana pipe in the glove compartment.

Norb's North Side Service towed the car from site of a South Norwalk Road crash at 4:27 a.m. June 28 with disabling damage.

The driver was westbound when he failed to negotiate a curve. The car went off the left side, hit a sign and sideswiped a guardrail, troopers said.

Next, the driver overcorrected, went across the road and off the right side, where the car hit another guardrail, some small trees and a ditch, troopers said. The suspect left the scene, but left the car at the crash site.

The owner of the vehicle hasn't filed a stolen vehicle report as of press time.

Alcohol blood test pending in June crash

RIDGEFIELD TOWNSHIP -- The results of a blood test are pending after a Monroeville woman was involved in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. 20.

Charges are pending in the investigation of the June 28 crash involving Sonya L. Welch, 42, of 17 Surrey Court. The crash happened at 4:30 a.m. Friday.

Welch reportedly was pulled out of the car by a passing motorist.

A LifeFlight helicopter flew Welch from the scene to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo with serious injuries. No information was available Tuesday about her condition from the hospital or Norwalk post.

Welch was westbound on U.S. 20. Troopers said she went off the right side and hit a utility pole, milepost sign, a tree and the 1997 Dodge Ram pickup truck caught fire.

Whites Automotive Services towed the truck from the scene with disabling damage.

Troopers said they suspect alcohol is suspected of being a factor.

Woman with suspended license cited in suspected alcohol crash

RICHMOND TOWNSHIP -- A Bellevue woman faces several charges in connection with an alcohol-related crash over the Fourth of July weekend.

Kara S. Hale, 37, of 237 Ellis Ave., was charged with failure to control, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license. Troopers said the suspect was under an administrative license suspension from May.

Hale's blood-alcohol content level tested at .119 through a breath test, troopers said. The legal limit for drivers in Ohio is .08.

Hale was turning around in a private driveway on U.S. 224 at 7:29 a.m. Friday. Troopers said the woman backed into a ditch on the south side of the road, hit a ditch and caused minor damage to the 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse as she attempted to pull forward.

Wilcox Towing Service towed the car from the scene.

Alcohol suspected in rear-end crash

WAKEMAN -- An area motorist who hit a slowing vehicle in the back faces several charges in connection with an alcohol-related crash this weekend.

Joshua M. Randolph, 36, of Wellington, was charged with failure to maintain assured clear distance, driving under the influence, a seat belt violation and driving with a suspended license.

Randolph's breath had an alcohol-content level that tested at .162, according to the patrol.

The driver was westbound on U.S. 20 before the crash. Troopers said Randolph hit the rear of the vehicle driven by Louis A. Timms, 29, of 5571 U.S. 20, Lot 48, Wakeman, who was slowing down to make a left-hand turn into the mobile home park.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene with disabling damage.

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