A local driver whose blood alcohol content tested more than three times the legal limit pleaded guilty Thursday to two related charges.
Robert J. Dilger, 66, of 17 Eagle Creek Drive, was convicted of driving under the influence and failure to maintain assured clear distance through Norwalk Municipal Court.
Wakeman Police Officer John Katitus witnessed the Jan. 15 injury crash. Chief Tim Hunker said the officer was in a cruiser monitoring traffic when he saw Dilger hit the rear of a vehicle in front of the village BP station.
Dilger then went off the road, hit a small sign and stopped, Hunker said.
"Both (drivers) went to the hospital with minor injuries," the chief said, referring to Fisher-Titus Medical Center.
Authorities obtained Dilger's BAC while he was at Fisher-Titus.
"It was over three times the legal limit," Hunker said.
The legal limit for drivers in Ohio is .08.
Dilger was fined $750 Thursday and had his driver's license suspended for six months starting Jan. 15, according to court records.
Upon completion of an approved alcohol intervention program and the payment of $500 of his fine by June 4, Dilger will have a three-day jail sentence and $250 of his fine suspended.
In mid-February 2003, prosecutors dismissed a DUI charge against Dilger due to "lack of evidence" for a conviction, court records state. The charge was in connection with a Nov. 5, 2002 traffic stop handled by the state Highway Patrol.