A Delaware County man convicted of operating a vehicle under the influence five times is now headed to prison.
Mark Holbrook, 47, of Lewis Center, was sentenced to two years in prison for a Jan. 23, 2017 hit-skip crash in the vicinity of U.S. 23 and Meadow Park Avenue. He appeared before Delaware County Common Pleas Judge David Gormley on Monday to receive the sentence.
In addition to time in prison, Holbrook was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine, and his license was suspended for five years. He also faces up to three years of mandatory post release control.
On July 24, Holbrook’s attorney, Marcus A. Ross, filed a sentencing memorandum requesting that Holbrook spend no more than 18 months in prison. That request was denied.
Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien described what occurred following the crash, which was reported at 11:07 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 23.
“On scene, law enforcement observed a white 2005 Nissan Maxima SL with heavy front end damage and deployed air bags,” said O’Brien. “Two of the three people in the car, a mother and child, had sustained serious injuries and were transported for medical care.”
Witnesses reported the other vehicle involved in the crash, a gray van, had fled the scene.
“Law enforcement located the 2008 Chevrolet van, and its driver, Mark Holbrook, a short time later at his residence,” O’Brien said.
Holbrook was indicted in February and pleaded guilty in June to one count of aggravated vehicular assault, a third-degree felony, and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a fourth-degree felony. Holbrook has four previous OVI convictions.
Holbrook was originally scheduled to stand trial June 20 in Delaware County Common Pleas Court and face two counts of aggravated vehicular assault, one second-degree felony and one third-degree felony; two counts of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, fourth-degree felonies; one count of stopping after accident on public roads or highways, a fifth-degree felony; and one count of driving under OVI suspension, a first-degree misdemeanor.
However, before the trial could begin, Holbrook reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.
According to the agreement, Holbrook would plead guilty to one count of aggravated vehicular assault, a third-degree felony, and one count of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a fourth-degree felony. The remaining charges would be dismissed.
Holbrook was remanded to the custody of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office on Monday following the sentencing hearing and was being held in the county jail awaiting transport to prison.