Created on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
A Zanesfield man was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs after his vehicle struck a woman pushing a shopping cart in the parking lot in front of Big Lots, 1760 S. Main St., around 1:20 p.m. Saturday.
Thomas J. Woodruff, 55, of 5494 County Road 28, was driving a pickup truck which struck Gloria Mitchell, 56, of DeGraff. She was transported by a Bellefontaine squad to Mary Rutan Hospital with back injuries.
She was accompanied by two grandsons, ages nine and 11, who were uninjured, according to officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department.
Mr. Woodruff also was cited for failure to control and having an open bottle of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
At the scene, he told officers the brakes on his vehicle were bad and he could barely see over the hood.
Officers detected an odor of alcohol and conducted field sobriety tests. A half-full 1.75-liter bottle of vodka was found in the cab of the pickup along with three unopened cans of beer.
Motorists cited in crashes
Patricia D. Wallace, 75, of Bellefontaine, was cited for failure to control after a single-car crash around 9:15 a.m. Sunday.
She turned from Whispering Pines Lane north on East Glen Avenue and over accelerated. Her car went off the right side and hit a mailbox at 110 East Glen.
• Shirley K. Reames, 67, of West Liberty, was cited for an improper left turn after she drove her northbound car into the path of a southbound car while turning into Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers, 700 S. Main St., around 3:35 p.m. Monday.
Damage was heavy to the cars. The other driver was Breanna Roberts, 25, of West Liberty, who was cited for driving under suspension.
Man served with a warrant
Anthony D. Brenner, 42, of 778 N. Township Road 31, was arrested Monday on an Auglaize County warrant after a 7:25 p.m. traffic stop at Main Street and Lake Avenue.