4 accused in OVI crashes will appear in court

Staff report


Four people accused of causing car crashes while under the influence of alcohol will be in Mahoning County Area Court today.

Jeffrey D. Blanche, 37, of North Lima is facing charges of resisting arrest and felony obstructing official business, in addition to being charged with his second OVI, according to records.

Police said Blanche, who refused a breath test, was arrested about 11 p.m. Sunday after a two-vehicle crash at Market Street and Stanton Avenue. He struggled with police and was eventually subdued when officers used a stun gun, reports stated.

Earlier that day, Channing Clayton, 25, of Poland was arrested at 2:20 a.m. after she allegedly fled the scene of a hit-skip crash at Southern Boulevard and Indianola Road. Police saw Clayton on Ewing Road, stopped her and gave her field-sobriety tests before charging her with OVI, records show.

Clayton, who refused a breath test, also was charged with misdemeanor drug possession for allegedly having prescription drugs that were not in her name, police said.

On Friday about 3:30 a.m., police were called to a Jeep that was on Mill Creek Boulevard, near Ewing Road, and went off the road, hitting a large rock and a telephone pole.

Officers charged Michael Gura, 23, of Boardman, with OVI and said a portable breath test showed his blood-alcohol content was 0.181 — more than twice the state legal limit of 0.08.

Later that day, police were dispatched to West Boulevard and Ewing Road about 7:30 p.m. for a car hitting a utility pole on the northeast corner of the intersection. The driver, Gurpreet Singh, 39, of Boardman, refused a breath test and was charged with OVI.

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