Three area drivers were charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in less than three hours on the same day this weekend.
Three troopers with the Norwalk post of the state Highway Patrol made the traffic stops, with the first happening at 12:27 a.m. Sunday. The last stop happened about two hours and 45 minutes later. All three incidents happened in the Norwalk area.
Brandon J. Puder, 25, of 13504 Ohio 61, Collins, was stopped by Trooper Thomas Halko at the intersection of Prospect and Franklin streets at 12:27 a.m. Sunday. Puder, who has one prior DUI conviction, was charged with DUI, a marked lanes violation and driving with a suspended license.
His breath alcohol content (BAC) tested at .179 percent, Halko reported. The legal limit for drivers in Ohio is .08 percent.
At 1:42 a.m., Nathan G. Heckelman, 23, of 3 Chelsea Drive, was stopped by Trooper Austin Young on Woodlawn Avenue near Pitt Street. Heckelman was charged with DUI and going left of center. His BAC tested a hair above the legal limit at .081 percent, the trooper reported.
Vincent J. Ulizzi, 30, of Huron, was charged with DUI and speeding (54 mph in a 45 mph zone) in connection with a Whittlesey Road traffic stop north of Lovers Lane Road. The stop happened at 3:10 a.m.
Ulizzi, who has one prior DUI conviction, refused a sobriety test.