Five men indicted for OVI


By Glenn Battishill - gbattishill@aimmedianetwork.com



Five individuals were indicted by a grand jury on Friday and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence in unrelated cases.

The individuals were:

Charles J. Abram III, of Columbus, was charged with one count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony and one count of operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, a first-degree misdemeanor. Prosecutors report that Abram was observed driving in the wrong direction on State Route 750 and had slurred speech when pulled over by police.

Joshua R. Tucker, of Radnor, was charged with one count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and two counts of operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Prosecutors report that Delaware Police responded to a crash on U.S. 42 near Sawmill Parkway and found Tucker there with slurred speech and glassy eyes. The indictment states that Tucker has previously plead guilty to at least three other OVIs in Mansfield and Delaware Municipal Court.

Christopher D. Cheeseman, of Lewis Center, was charged with two counts of operating vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, fourth-degree felonies. Prosecutors report that Cheeseman was stopped on April 25 and smelled of alcohol and had glassy eyes.

Clinton L. Reed, of Ostrander, was charged with one count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony and two counts of operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, first-degree misdemeanors. Court documents indicate that Reed was stopped on March 7 and police determined he was under the influence of marijuana.

Wuan Tatum, of Delaware, was charged with one count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony and two counts of operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, first-degree misdemeanors. Court documents indicate that Tatum was stopped on Feb. 21 and police determined he was under the influence of marijuana.

Arraignments for the men have not yet been set in Delaware County Common Pleas Court.

By Glenn Battishill

gbattishill@aimmedianetwork.com

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.