A Marengo man was sentenced to four years of community control after pleading guilty to refusing a sobriety test during a traffic stop in November.
Brandon Jacob Stutler, 41, appeared in Delaware County Common Pleas Court Monday to be sentenced for one count of operating vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a fourth-degree felony. At a change of plea hearing on Feb. 10, Stutler admitted to refusing a sobriety test when he was pulled over just before 2 a.m. in the area of South Sandusky Street on Nov. 25.
Stutler also admitted at the hearing that he had been drinking and driving before he was pulled over.
At the sentencing hearing, Delaware County Common Pleas Judge Everett Krueger sentenced Stutler to four years of community control and 120 days in jail for the charge. Krueger also ordered that Stutler’s license be suspended for five years and ordered Stutler to attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
However, Stutler was credited the 120 days he spent in the Delaware County Jail during the case.
According to court documents, Stutler has pleaded to or been found guilty of five prior OVI cases in Morrow County Municipal Court and Delaware Municipal Court between 1997 and 2009.
Stutler was no longer in the Delaware County Jail Wednesday.
Stutler was originally charged with two counts of OVI, one for driving under the influence and one for refusing the sobriety test, but reached a plea agreement with prosecutors and the OVI charge for driving under the influence was dismissed.
Stutler was indicted on the two charges on Dec. 2, 2016.
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.
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