A rural Norwalk man faces four child endangerment charges in connection with a traffic stop late Friday by Norwalk police.
Nicko D.L. Raymore, 33, of 1186 E. Peru-Olena Road, received one first-degree misdemeanor for each child in the vehicle, Norwalk Law Director Stuart O'Hara said. If convicted, Raymore faces up to six months in the Huron County Jail and a maximum fine of $1,000 on each charge.
"They were all under 18," O'Hara said, referring to the children.
Raymore's breath test had a blood-alcohol content level of .098 percent, he said. The test was performed at the Norwalk police station. The legal limit for drivers in Ohio is .08 percent.
Officer Dave Daniels pulled over Raymore at 11:38 p.m. Friday on Milan Avenue at East Main Street, according to the police report.
Raymore, at the scene, was charged with driving under the influence and a red-light violation. Prosecutors filed the four child endangerment charges Monday in Norwalk Municipal Court.
He also was charged with child support-related driving under suspension. Judges can suspend a defendant's driver's license for several reasons, including a DUI, "too many points," accidents and a drug-related conviction.
"Not paying child support is another one," O'Hara said. "They're saying that's the reason his license was suspended."
Raymore has a prior DUI conviction through municipal court dating back to March 19. O'Hara, who referred to it as a "high-test DUI," said the suspect only got charged with the child support-related citation of driving with a suspended license in connection with Friday's incident because the DUI suspension expired Aug. 27.
After the traffic stop, police held the four children and an adult occupant at the scene until a sober person could pick them up, O'Hara said.