Woman pleads guilty to sixth OVI

By Glenn Battishill - gbattishill@aimmedianetwork.com

A Crawford County woman pleaded guilty to her sixth OVI offense last week in Delaware County Common Pleas Court.

Jessica A. John, 37, of Bucyrus, appeared in court on June 20 where she entered a guilty plea to one count of operating vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a fourth-degree felony.

John entered the plea as part of an agreement with prosecutors that included the dismissal of two other fourth-degree felony OVI charges.

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.

Sleeper said John has been convicted of OVI five times previously in Franklin County and Shelby County.

Visiting Judge John F. Bender accepted John’s guilty plea and scheduled her for a sentencing hearing on July 18 at 8:30 a.m.

A pre-sentence investigation was ordered and John’s recognizance bond was continued.

The Ohio Revised Code states the potential sentence for the OVI charge is between six to 18 months in prison.

By Glenn Battishill


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

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