CORTLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – “I just want to go home,” is what police say a driver told them after he flipped the car he was driving and ended up in a ditch in Cortland.
Officers were called about 10 p.m. Thursday to the area of North High Street and Phillips Rice Road where Calvin Shaw, 23, lost control around a curve, hit a culvert and went airborne before flipping over and hitting a utility pole, which sheared in half.
Police said the car was traveling at about 80 miles per hour and left 295 feet of skid marks on the road.
Shaw registered a .208 on a blood alcohol test, more than two times the legal limit. He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Law enforcement was out in full force for St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday night. Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers with Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties reported a total of 10 OVI arrests.
Between 2009 and 2013, the National Highway Safety Administration reported that there were 276 lives lost on Ohio roads on St. Patrick’s Day.
Highway Patrol Sgt. Philip Robinson said his advice for those who may be drinking is to find a designated driver.
“You’re putting everyone at risk — people, pedestrians crossing the road, other drivers,” he said. “You cannot put a number on the risk that you’re behind the wheel.”
Shaw is charged with OVI, and he is scheduled to appear in Central District Court on Monday.