When your friend at the office Christmas party suggests, “just one more,”  the best idea is to say no.

One reason, at least if you’re heading into Sylvania Township, is the rise in drunk driving arrests in the recent past.

In the month of October, township police made 26 arrests for drunk driving, compared to 19 in October the previous year. At the end of October, the police had made a total of 185 drunk driving arrests through the year, more than the total of 155 for all of 2018.

Police Chief Paul Long said he has never directed officers to specifically increase drunk driving enforcement but has made no secret of the fact that he considers it a serious offense.

The chief pointed to a late-October arrest which he said must have required a lot of guardian angels to keep people safe from the alleged drunk driver.

Responding to a call, Sylvania Township police found Anthony McCoy, 52, of Kendalville, Ind., passed out, stopped with his foot on the brake at a green light on eastbound Central Avenue at  Holland-Sylvania Road, according to the police report.

When the officer shook him awake, Mr. McCoy said he was “waiting for his food,” but was unaware of where he was.

He told the officer he didn’t need a field sobriety test, saying “I’m drunk. I already know I’m drunk,”

He eventually took a breath test resulting in a blood alcohol level of 0.178, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08.

Based on a quick records check at the time of his arrest it was found that he had at least 6 prior drunk driving convictions in Ohio and Indiana and that he had a pending drunk driving charge in Indiana. He told police of one other in Alabama.

He was charged with felony drunk driving, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 months in prison. A warrant has been issued for his arrest after failing to appear in Lucas County Common Pleas Court.

Although it is unlikely that “just one more,” at the office Christmas party or anywhere else will result in such an extreme case for most people, Chief Long said the dangers of drunk driving are the same.

The possibility of arrest is always there, and the potential for an accident, injury or death is real the chief said.


Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer

Posted: November 25, 2019

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