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Woman allegedly drives intoxicated for 5th time

By Michael Harrington • Updated May 6, 2019 at 4:42 PM

SANDUSKY — Police arrested a Huron woman Friday for allegedly driving while intoxicated for the fifth time.

Tara Mraz, 35, of the 200 block of Canton Ave., was charged with operating a vehicle while impaired (OVI), heroin possession and driving without headlights. The OVI was a fourth-degree felony due to four prior convictions.

Just before 10 p.m., officers pulled Mraz’s vehicle over at Tiffin Avenue and Venice Road for driving without her headlights on, according to a Sandusky police report.

Officers could allegedly smell alcohol as they spoke to her. She denied drinking anything and agreed to a field sobriety test. She was taken into custody after she allegedly had trouble completing the test.

When she stepped out the cruiser at the Erie County jail, she dropped a folded paper containing suspected heroin, the report states.

The next day, a Sandusky man with multiple past intoxicated driving convictions received another charge.

Darius Myers, 43, of Central Avenue, was charged with felony operating a vehicle under the influence and misdemeanor driving under suspension, failing to signal a turn and a stop sign violation.

A Sandusky police officer said at about 11:05 p.m. Saturday they saw a vehicle turn onto Wayne Street without signaling then stop on Wayne Street after it passed the stop sign and was partially in the intersection, according to a Sandusky police report.

Police stopped the car and spoke with the driver, identified as Myers, the report states. After noting a strong smell of alcohol coming from the car and that Myers appeared to be unsteady on his feet, officers arrested Myers.

He later agreed to take a breath test, which yielded a .308, according to the report. The legal limit in Ohio is .08.

Myers’ OVI charge was upgraded to a felony because of past OVI convictions on his record, the report states. He was taken to the Erie County jail, where he remains on a $12,500 bond as of Sunday evening.

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