A Boardman man is facing felony charges after he was arrested for drunken driving for the eighth time since 1986.
Robert P. Ziemianski, 53, of Afton Avenue, was indicted by a Mahoning County grand jury Thursday on fourth-degree felony drunken driving charges. The charges were upgraded to felonies because he’s had three other impaired driving convictions in the last four years.
The charges also specify that Ziemianski’s 2001 Dodge Ram truck be forfeited if convicted.
Reports say officers pulled Ziemianski over March 30 for driving erratically on Youngstown Poland Road near West Spring Street. Ziemianski slurred his speech, smelled like alcohol and moved slowly.
Officers noted he repeated one saying— “It’s no big deal. I’m almost home”— several times. He told police he had “disabilities in his legs” so he was unable to do certain field sobriety tests. Reports say he failed tests that had nothing to do with his legs and noted he was able to get out of his car with handcuffs while using only his legs.
He also told officers his eyes were shaking during one test because of his work as a welder.
Officers found a half bottle of vodka in his backseat. He told police originally he had nothing to drink, then one beer. Later at the police station, he told police he had two beers and a shot of Yukon Jack while playing pool at Papa’s Bar and Grill.
His breath test showed he had 0.194 blood-alcohol content in his system, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08.
Ziemianksi asked police if he could have a misdemeanor charge saying “It’s not like it’s my 14th one,” reports say. Officers noted he had seven impaired driving conviction dating back to 1986.
Ziemianski was convicted of a drunk driving charge in 2008 stemming from an Ohio State Highway Patrol arrest. He was driving 50 miles per hour in a 35 zone and tested at more than 0.17 blood-alcohol content, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08.
Ziemianski was later arrested Jan. 18, 2009, in Struthers and later convicted in Struthers Municipal Court. He was sentenced to three days in jail, alcohol classes, one year probation and had his license suspended.
Eight months later, he was again arrested in Struthers for drunken driving.
Reports say on Aug. 21 officers pulled him over for erratic driving and when they attempted to pull him over he struck the curb.
Ziemianski, who did not have a valid license from the previous drunk driving charge, had slurred speech and smelled of alcohol. He refused all field sobriety and breath tests, reports say.