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Man given 60 days jail for OVI charge

Photo by Michele Newbanks Andrew Strock is handcuffed by a Washington County Sheriff’s deputy after being sentenced to 60 days in jail for operating a vehicle under the influence.

A 60-day jail sentence was handed down Tuesday to a Vienna man arrested in 2018 for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Washington County Assistant Prosecutor David Silwani said in September 2018, the Ohio State Highway Patrol was dispatched to a one vehicle accident, where the driver was Andrew Strock, 40, of 5509 Sixth Ave.

“When they looked through his criminal history, they found that he had five prior OVIs over the past 20 years,” he said. “And furthermore, they found him to be under the influence of alcohol at the time, based on the blood tests they had done.”

As part of the plea agreement, the third-degree OVI felony was reduced to a fourth-degree felony and the second count of the indictment, the first-degree misdemeanor charge of endangering children, was dismissed.

Strock, a U.S. Marine Corps and Army Reserve veteran, could have received a maximum possible penalty of 30 months incarceration, said Washington County Common Pleas Judge John Halliday.

Defense attorney Ray Smith said Strock’s vehicle was not able to be forfeited, as it was totaled in the crash and was sent to the crusher.

“This was not a direct indictment or an OVI charge initially, so it was going to be forfeited,” Smith explained.

Strock explained he was a veteran of the Gulf War and was satisfied with the deal.

He was sentenced to 60 days with credit for 18 days served. His driver’s license was suspended for three years and he was fined a mandatory $1,350.

As Strock is a West Virginia resident, he will have to go through the process of transfer after he gets released, Smith said.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

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