A Crawford County woman was sentenced 60 days in jail and five years of community control last week in Delaware County Common Pleas Court for her sixth OVI offense.
Jessica A. John, 38, of Bucyrus, appeared in court on July 18 to be sentenced for one count of operating vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a fourth-degree felony. Court records indicate this is John’s sixth such conviction. Records showed that John has previously been convicted in Shelby and Franklin County.
Assistant Delaware County Prosecutor Mark Sleeper said during John’s arraignment that on Dec. 11, 2016, John was driving a vehicle on the wrong side of the road in Delaware. Officers conducted a traffic stop and smelled alcohol on John, who said she had had a few drinks, but refused to take a sobriety test.
Sleeper said John was taken into custody and police obtained a warrant for a blood sample, which revealed she had a blood alcohol level of 0.215, more than three times the legal limit.
According to court documents, John admitted during her change of plea hearing that she had driven under the influence on Dec. 11.
At her sentencing hearing on July 18, visiting judge John F. Bender, a retired Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge, sentenced John to five years of community control supervision and ordered that she immediately engage in alcohol counseling and treatment.
Bender also ordered that John serve 60 days in the Delaware County Jail and John was taken into custody by Delaware County Sheriff’s deputies after the hearing.
John remained in the Delaware County Jail Monday, serving her sentence.
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.