Two individuals were indicted Friday and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
Lisa Currey, 53, of Westerville and Datoka Mead, 22, of Centerburg, were indicted by a Delaware County Grand Jury Friday and both were charged with two counts operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
“In both of these cases, members of the public took proactive steps when they noticed something seemed wrong,” said First Assistant Prosecutor Kyle Rohrer.
Prosecutors report that on March 25, 2017 the Westerville Police received a call that a person appeared to be passed out behind the wheel of a car. Westerville authorities found the driver, Currey, in the vehicle with the keys in the ignition.
She was charged with two counts of OVI, fourth-degree felonies.
According to the indictment, Currey has three previous convictions for OVI in Delaware and Franklin County and had a suspended license when she was found in March.
Currey was also charged with one count of driving under OVI suspension, a first-degree misdemeanor.
An arraignment for Currey has not yet been set.
On April 6, 2017, troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol received a call about a potential road rage incident.
Troopers conducted a traffic stop and found that Mead, the driver, had glassy and bloodshot eyes as well as slurred speech. Mead was charged with two counts of OVI, first-degree misdemeanors.
Court documents indicate that Mead also had a loaded gun in the car while he was driving and he was charged with one count of handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony.
An arraignment for Mead has not been set.
“I commend the folks who made the choice and took the time to call law enforcement,” said Rohrer. “Our roadways demand our full attention when driving, and impaired drivers can not only hurt themselves, but others as well.”
To report a suspected drunk or impaired driver, you can call 1-800-GRAB-DUI or #677.
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.