Canfield man facing several OVI-related charges for string of crashes

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Canfield man is accused of striking a stop sign, fire hydrant and several vehicles during what police reported as a drunken drive through Youngstown and Boardman on Tuesday night.

Frank Kolesar is facing failure to control, failure to exchange driver info, driving left of center, reckless operation, OVI, OVI suspension and hit skip with injuries charges. He pleaded not guilty to the charges in Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas on Thursday.

Police said the string of crashes reported around 8 p.m. Tuesday night were caused by Kolesar, who was driving a black Chevy Silverado with no headlights lit. Kolesar was responsible for a three-car crash on Glenwood and Indianola avenues after slamming into a car in front of him and causing that vehicle to hit another, according to a Youngstown Police report.

Police said all three vehicles sustained heavy damage.

Kolesar, who police said fled the scene of the accident, was later pulled over nearby. Officers reported that the 24-year-old smelled of alcohol, had difficulty standing and could not respond to officers’ questions, only stating that his name was “Frank.”

Boardman Police officers then arrived on the scene and said the vehicle being driven by Kolesar pushed a car into a home in Boardman and also fled the scene.

During the course of their investigation, police reported that Kolesar hit a stop sign on Chester and Jennette drives and a fire hydrant on Overhill Road and Glenwood Avenue, causing a loss of water service in the immediate area.

Drivers involved in the crashes suffered only non-incapacitating injuries, according to the reports.

Kolesar has a long history of alcohol-related charges, according to court records. He is currently facing a using weapons while intoxicated, OVI, failure to control, hit skip, criminal damaging and domestic violence charges for separate incidents.

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