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Norwalk man jailed after allegedly taking vehicle without permission, driving impaired and crashing into fence

• Jan 12, 2018 at 12:00 PM

A Norwalk man remains behind bars following his New Year’s Day arrest.

Jack Leimeister, 25, of 25 Welton Ave., was arrested by Norwalk police at his home at 2:29 p.m. Jan. 1 on allegations of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and operating a vehicle while impaired (OVI) after allegedly taking a household member's vehicle without permission.

Norwalk police say Leimeister was located by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office in Milan after he crashed the vehicle into a fence near a Milan museum.

He was transported to the Huron County Jail.

Leimeister is charged with driving under suspension and OVI, both first-degree misdemeanors, and having a weapon under disability, a third-degree felony. He has been unable to post a $25,000 bond.

The matter also is under investigation for possible further charges as it was reported Leimeister hit another vehicle in Norwalk, police said.

In 2016, Leimeister received a one-year prison term after being convicted of possession of drug manufacturing chemicals.

He initially was charged with tampering with evidence, aggravated possession of meth and possession of drug-manufacturing chemicals after Norwalk police investigated a report about meth being produced at 30 Woodlawn Ave.

The special response team and uniformed officers used a drug-related search warrant at the residence, where Leimeister, Ian S. Poland and Samantha J. Reed were found. The trio later admitted to using meth, prosecutors said.

Poland and Reed later accepted plea deals and agreed to testify against Leimeister.

Poland had been staying at the Woodlawn Avenue residence on and off since he had been released from prison about one week before the drug raid.

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