BATH -- Police arrested a Lakemore man after he was seen weaving his 2008 Chevy between the lanes on I-77 just before 1 a.m. Saturday.
Police responded to Interstate 77 southbound for a report of an erratic driver. A Medina man was following the Chevy and said that the Chevy was all over the road and following another vehicle to close.
An officer witnessed theChevy traveling southbound on 77 at Ghent Road, following a vehicle to close and also witnessed several lane violations.
This officer turned on the cruiser overhead lights and stopped the Chevy I-77 south just north of Route 18.
That's when the officer, whose cruiser was in park, noticed the Chevy's backup lights on and then it backed into that officer's patrol vehicle.
Officers immediately exited their patrol vehicles and had to put the suspect's vehicle into park.
Officers had the driver exit the vehicle. While speaking with the driver, officers noted a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from him, as well as slurred speech and red glassy eyes.
The driver, identified as Richard Davis, 40, of Lakemore, was asked to submit to some field sobriety tests to which he refused. Officers also found a female passenger in the vehicle who was asleep and appeared highly intoxicated.
The passenger, Amber Brooks, 34, of Akron, was found to have a warrant out of the Akron Police department and was later released to Akron Police.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol arrived on the scene and completed a crash report. Davis was cited by the State Patrol for improper backing.
Davis was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and taken to the police station for processing. While at the station, he refused to take a breath test and was cited for OVI, OVI with a prior refusal, marked lanes, and no seat belt.
He was later released to a friend.