South Side man faces OVI, driver's license violations

YOUNGSTOWN — A man who police reports said was cited for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence after a car he was driving struck a police cruiser early Sunday morning.

The man has never had a driver’s license and his blood-alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit for being drunk.

Reports said an officer was on patrol about 6:30 a.m. Sunday driving south on Market Street on the South Side in the left lane when a car driven by Clifford Stanley Anderson, 34, of Cameron Avenue, tried to pass him in the turning lane, then spun out on and hit the cruiser and continued on.

The officer managed to pull Anderson over at East Judson Avenue and Market. Reports said Anderson smelled heavily of alcohol and could not stand up to take a field-sobriety test.

At the police station, Anderson took a breath test and registered a blood-alcohol content of .233, reports said. In Ohio, the legal limit for driving drunk is .08. Police also found a marijuana cigarette and a bag of suspected marijuana in his car, reports said.

An arrest report noted Anderson has four open suspensions and 20 previous suspensions on his license, although Anderson claimed he has never had a license.

Police issued Anderson citations for OVI and possession of marijuana and was driven home by the same officer whose cruiser he struck. The cruiser was not seriously damaged.

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