Routine license plate check leads to DUI arrest

Norwalk motorist also caught driving with a suspended license during 3 a.m. traffic stop.
Cary Ashby
Oct 26, 2012

A Norwalk motorist was charged with driving under the influence after a state trooper stopped him in connection with a suspected license suspension.

Michael P. Zika, 23, of 224A E. Main St., was stopped just before 3 a.m. Oct. 14 at the intersection of Whittlesey Avenue and League Street.

Trooper Tim Hoffman, of the state Highway Patrol, was doing a routine license plate check and determined Zika's driver's license had been suspended for non-compliance through Lorain Municipal Court effective Oct. 12. Zika told the trooper he had paid the fine, so he wasn't charged with driving with a suspended license.

Zika's blood-alcohol content level tested at .112 percent, Hoffman reported. The legal limit for drivers in Ohio is .08 percent.

Comments

Yall Make Me Sick

How many think a slap on the wrist & a don't do it again is gonna happen?

FlyBoy86

If it turns out that he in fact did pay the fine, the case will be dropped.

Dr. Information

DUI case dropped? It wont.

Vizegoth

It will get dropped with a good lawyer, not one of the -good-ol-boy public defenders. Suspended license is not enough probable cause to make a traffic stop. The Officer has no way of knowing if the suspended driver is in fact operating the vehicle.

chicken noodle

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 6:38pm
"Suspended license is not enough probable cause to make a traffic stop. The Officer has no way of knowing if the suspended driver is in fact operating the vehicle." Bahahaha that's funny next you'll say that they can not pull you over for expired license plates because they don't know if your the owner of the vehicle.

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swiss cheese kat

@Vizegoth,
Uh, that is why the vehicle was stopped. Thousands of dollars was indeed wasted on your education.