A man’s 16th OVI offense lands him in treatment program

By Justin Wier



An Austintown man who has 16 arrests involving operating a vehicle while impaired will spend six months in an in-house treatment program at the Community Corrections Association.

David Black, 58, of Ohltown Road, appeared Wednesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, where Judge Maureen A. Sweeney imposed a sentence of five years’ probation.

Completion of the in-house program is a term of his probation.

Black is required to complete alcohol treatment while at CCA and will also lose his driver’s license for three years.

Black’s latest OVI charge resulted from an October 2016 traffic stop in Campbell when Black failed a series of field-sobriety tests after police found him with an open container of beer in the car.

A Mahoning County grand jury indicted Black on a third-degree felony charge of OVI, which carries a prison sentence of one to five years. A plea agreement reduced the charge to a fourth- degree felony, which has a penalty of six to 18 months in jail or prison.

Black’s defense attorney told the court Black has health issues that require him to see a doctor monthly.

Black’s first OVI citation occurred in Austintown in 1990, according to court records.

At least six more of his OVI charges occurred in Mahoning County. Five others in Austintown – two in 1994 and one each in 1998, 2006 and 2008 – and the Campbell charge on which he appeared in court Tuesday.

In 2009, Black received three years’ probation after he pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree felony count of OVI in common pleas court.

Two probation violations, neither of which appears to be an OVI in Mahoning County, extended that to five years’ probation.

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