Two Bellevue residents were charged with driving under the influence during incidents within two hours of each other early Tuesday. A third area motorist was charged with the same offense later in the day.
At 12:52 a.m., state Highway Patrol Trooper Austin Young stopped Bradley D. Pocock, 30, of 200 Ashford Ave., on Center Street, near York Street. Pocock was given a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) breath test, and the result was .088 percent. The legal limit in Ohio is .08 percent. This marks Pocock's second operating a vehicle while intoxicated offense, troopers said.
At 2:19 a.m., Trooper Evan Stevens stopped Tricia A. Harness, 38, of 328 Ellis Ave., Bellevue, on South West Street and Ellis Avenue. She was given a breath test, and the result was a .114 percent BAC. This marks her first offense.
At 9:25 p.m. Tuesday: Jeffrey R. Maletz, 40, of New London, was arrested by Huron County Sheriff’s deputies on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated following a West Collins Road traffic stop. He was taken to the county jail and was later released.
Throughout the state, there were a total of 128 cases involving motorists operating a vehicle while intoxicated during the New Year's Holiday reporting period of midnight, Monday, Dec. 31 through 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 1. That's down from 334 the previous year -- although that involved a total of four days.
The state Highway Patrol reports that six people were killed on Ohio's roadways during that time period, down from 14.
Of this New Year's holiday fatalities, two fatalities occurred in Franklin County including a pedestrian.
No fatalities were reported in Huron County or the surrounding counties. There was a serious injury crash involving a pair of teens on a snowmobile that was hit by a van.
There were 38 traffic-related incidents handled by the patrol in Huron County. Richland (171) and Ashland (153) were two of the 11 counties in Ohio that had at least 150.
For a complete breakdown of the Patrol's holiday enforcement, click on the link below.