GALLIPOLIS — Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers picked up a Columbus woman Monday morning for allegedly drinking and driving, driving on the wrong side of U.S. 35 and endangering her three children.
Crystal Ewald, 34, of Columbus, was pulled over by troopers around 12:13 a.m. Ewald was allegedly traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes on U.S. 35. Reports say Ewald allegedly starting driving eastbound in westbound lanes after entering the highway from the A&A Valero truck stop along U.S. 35. Ewald was reportedly driving a 2001 Mercury SUV. Calls came in to troopers around midnight.
Reports say that that once Ewald was pulled over, she allegedly tested with a blood alcohol content of .21. The legal limit is .o8. In Ohio, a DUI is commonly called an OVI, meaning “operating a vehicle intoxicated.”
Ewald’s three children supposedly sat in the back seat of the vehicle. One was 3 years old, another 4 and the last 7 years old. Ewald had an arraignment hearing in Gallipolis Municipal Court at 1:30 p.m. Monday on three first-degree misdemeanor charges of child endangerment. Court records also list Ewald as being approached for OVI charges, and “high test BAC” charges for allegedly being over .17 of the tested BAC. Records also suggest there may have been an open container inside the vehicle.
Of small note, court records suggest Ewald may have been driving without a seat belt fastened.
The Ohio Revised Code Section 2919.22 (C)(1) states, “No person shall operate a vehicle, streetcar, or trackless trolley within this state in violation of division (A) of section 4511.19 of the Revised Code when one or more children under eighteen years of age are in the vehicle, streetcar, or trackless trolley. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a person may be convicted at the same trial or proceeding of a violation of this division and a violation of division (A) of section 4511.19 of the Revised Code that constitutes the basis of the charge of the violation of this division. For purposes of sections 4511.191 to 4511.197 of the Revised Code and all related provisions of law, a person arrested for a violation of this division shall be considered to be under arrest for operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or a combination of them or for operating a vehicle with a prohibited concentration of alcohol, a controlled substance, or a metabolite of a controlled substance in the whole blood, blood serum or plasma, breath, or urine.”
Dean Wright can be reached at (74) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.