Columbus man indicted after 11th OVI offense


A Delaware County grand jury indicted a Columbus man Friday after he was stopped by state troopers in April and charged with his 11th OVI offense.

Robert Lee Ellis, 49, was indicted Friday on two counts of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, which are third-degree felonies, and one charge of driving under OVI suspension, a first-degree misdemeanor.

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 last Saturday on Polaris Parkway for a marked lanes violation.

Ellis was in Delaware Municipal Court on May 2 via video conferencing from the Delaware County Jail. Delaware Municipal Judge Marianne Hemmeter set bail for Ellis at $50,000.

An arraignment in Delaware County Common Pleas Court has not been scheduled.

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 Friday.

Other individuals indicted by the grand jury Friday include:

• Angela N. Benson, of Cleveland, on a charge of carrying concealed weapons, a fourth-degree felony. An arraignment has been set for June 20 at 10 a.m.

• Kimberly L. Coates, of Lewis Center, on two counts of theft, fifth-degree felonies. An arraignment was set for June 13 at 2 p.m.

• Logan N. Throckmorton, of Columbus, on a charge of theft, a fifth-degree felony. An arraignment has been set for July 15 at 8:45 a.m.

• Darron K. Simmons, of Columbus, on a charge of receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony. An arraignment was set for July 15 at 9 a.m.

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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