CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – A local attorney is now facing OVI charges after a hit-and-run crash in Canfield.
The crash happened Wednesday night on Raccoon Road.
The Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office said Attorney Damian Billak was driving a vehicle that clipped a car full of teenagers. Investigators said he then left the scene.
The teenagers then chased Billak, blocking his vehicle in. They told investigators that Billak again hit their car while trying to escape, but they were able to block him in.
The father of the teens in the car told deputies that Billak first denied hitting them, saying they actually struck his car. He said Billak then offered to pay for the damages, handing him his business card and asking him not to call the police, according to a Sheriff’s report.
When questioned by a deputy, Billak said he was coming from a function at the Upstairs Lounge. He declined to take a field sobriety or breath test.
Billak is now charged with OVI, hit-skip and reckless operation.
He filed a written waiver so he didn’t have to appear in court on Friday morning, pleading not guilty to the charges.
Billak specializes in OVI and other traffic cases, according to his website.