Trial set for man charged with 11th OVI


A trial date has been set for a Columbus man who was charged with his 11th OVI offenses this weekend.

Robert Lee Ellis, 49, appeared in Delaware Municipal Court Monday morning via video conferencing from the Delaware County Jail where he entered a not guilty plea to two felony counts of operating a vehicle while impaired, as well as misdemeanor charges of driving under OVI suspension, failure to reinstate his license, driving in marked lanes and driving without a seat belt.

Delaware Municipal Judge Marianne Hemmeter set bond for Ellis at $50,000 and scheduled a preliminary hearing for May 10 and a jury trial for May 26.

Troopers from the Delaware post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol report Ellis has 10 prior convictions in Ohio for driving under the influence. Troopers said Ellis was stopped on Saturday on Polaris Parkway for a marked lanes violation.

Court documents indicate Ellis submitted himself to a breath-analysis test and his blood alcohol level was .215 percent, more than twice Ohio’s legal limit of .08 percent.

Ellis was in the Delaware County Jail Monday.

Ellis Courtesy photo | Delaware County Jail

By Glenn Battishill

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

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