The same state trooper stopped three suspected drunken drivers in slightly more than 24 hours.
Allen J. Bischoff, 21, of 5015 Sherman Norwich Road, Willard, was stopped at 12:46 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Thomas and Sherman Norwich roads in Norwich Township. Trooper William Howard, of the state Highway Patrol's Norwalk post, warned Bischoff about a license plate light violation and charged him with driving under the influence.
Bischoff's breath had a blood-alcohol content level that tested at .074 percent, according to the trooper's report. The legal limit for drivers in Ohio is .08 percent.
Slightly less than three hours later, Howard stopped Timothy E. Kinton, 22, of 569 W. Pearl St., Willard, and warned him also about a license plate light violation. The traffic stop happened on Neal Zick Road near U.S. 224 in Willard.
Kinton's breath had a BAC that tested at .170 percent, according to the trooper's report. He was charged with DUI and a driver's license-related non-compliance violation.
At 3:12 a.m. Saturday, the trooper stopped Nicholas R. Gates, 25, of 7 Olive St., about a failure to dim his headlights. He was warned during the traffic stop on Ohio 162 in Fairfield Township.
Gates, who was charged with DUI, had a breath BAC of .077 percent, according to the trooper's report.
Sgt. Jason Demuth said there are two ways for people to be charged with DUI -- one, is an officer, sheriff's deputy or trooper observing signs of impairment (slurred speech, blood-shot eyes, etc.) and the other is through a breath test. He said if the suspect tests under the legal limit and they're charged with DUI, it's based on the officer's "observation of their impairment."
"You don't have to test at the legal limit to be charged with driving under the influence," Demuth said.