Man stopped at OVI checkpoint after police follow fluid trail to crash site

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WESTERVILLE, OH (WCMH) — The Franklin County DUI Task Force made two OVI arrests quickly at a checkpoint Saturday.

According to Sheriff Dallas Baldwin, two impaired drivers were removed from the road in the first half hour of the checkpoint.

Sheriff Baldwin said a short time later, a driver came through the checkpoint leaking fluids and had damage to his vehicle. Deputies followed the fluid trail back to a telephone pole that was struck on Central College Road at Cubbage Road, a couple miles from the checkpoint location.

Marc Gofstein, public information officer for the FCSO, said charges are pending on this driver.

The Task Force is conducting two sobriety checkpoints in the City of Westerville.

The checkpoints will be held on Sunbury Road south of County Line Road and Schrock Road east of Cooper Road. They will run from 7:30pm through 12am.

The Task Force wants to impress upon those who will be consuming alcohol to plan for a designated driver or make other arrangements.

Sobriety checkpoints are legal in Ohio as long as public notice is given that the checkpoint will be established. Even though the location is announced in advance, the checkpoints are often held in conjunction with less-visible types of enforcement nearby.

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