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Driver charged with OVI after hit-skip crash

Terry E. Davis, 50, of Dayton, was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, failure to stop after an accident, driving under suspension, failure to control and failure to maintain assured clear distance ahead Monday evening.

Deputies of the Logan County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a hit-skip accident shortly after 8 p.m. in the area of U.S. 33 and State Route 235.

A minivan operated by Andrew Stamford, 37, of Columbus, reportedly had been rear-ended by a pickup operated by Mr. Davis. The pickup then left the scene of the crash.

Mr. Stamford did not report any injuries, but his vehicle sustained disabling damage.

A short time later, a traffic stop was initiated with the suspect's vehicle in the area of County Road 37 just east of U.S. 33. Mr. Davis reportedly was unsteady on his feet and showed signs of intoxication. He refused to take field sobriety tests.

His vehicle had sustained disabling damage to the front end.

The defendant was transported to the Logan County Jail, where he refused to take a blood alcohol content test.

His passenger, Sara Finley, 33, of Dayton, also was issued a summons for persistent disorderly conduct.

A deputy gave Ms. Finley a ride to the sheriff's office so that she could call for a ride home. Ms. Finley, who reportedly was intoxicated, became belligerent with deputies at the sheriff's office after they advised her not to try to walk home to Dayton.

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