2 Willard drivers charged with DUI

One motorist tests at .207 percent.
Cary Ashby
Jan 28, 2014


Two Willard motorists were charged with driving under the influence in connection with recent traffic stops by the state Highway Patrol's Norwalk post.

Curtis M. Hale, 34, of 515 E. Howard St., was stopped by Trooper Evan Stevens for not using his turn signal. The trooper charged him with the violation and DUI. The traffic stop happened at 5:53 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of West Emerald and Dale streets in Willard.

Hale, who had no prior DUI convictions, had an alcohol breath test of .207 percent, according to the patrol. The legal limit for drivers in Ohio is .08 percent.

At 4:43 a.m. Sunday, Sgt. Brian Mamere responded to the request to check on the well-being of Kayla D. Spencer, 29, of 1416 Greenbush Road, Willard. The officer stopped her at the intersection of Ohio 99 and Spencer Street in New Haven.

Spencer, who was charged with DUI, had one prior conviction in 2004, according to the patrol. She refused to submit to any sobriety tests.



Why is a trooper making a stop on emerald and dale? Get back to the highways!

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swiss cheese kat

ORC 5503.02 State highway patrol - powers and duties.

The state highway patrol shall enforce the laws of the state on all roads and highways.

Wilard police are so busy it was a good thing a trooper was patrolling the neighborhoods.


I didn't know that an officer could stop you to check on your well being. Did someone call them and report that she was drunk or something or is this something that is starting to be routinely done? And I agree with foodforthought, why was a state trooper patrolling the streets of Willard? I'm confused on how does he have jurisdiction to do so? Does the state know every local code or law. For example, Willard doesn't have a noise ordinance but others towns/villages in our area do. So are state troopers trained to know which local towns do or don't have specific laws or codes so they know what and when they can enforce the law? I highly doubt that they do. I was under the impression that they could patrol state routes that were in the towns. I know that Willard has numerous state routes that run through it but Emerald and Dale is not one of those. I am glad that they were able to stop a possible bad outcome due to a few people's bad decisions. Also, more than likely there is more to this story and we're only getting the information the reflector thought was necessary, which is going to be about half of what happened.

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swiss cheese kat

See above comment.


Ohio 99 DOES NOT run through New Haven! DUH!!