Franklin County leads state in OVI arrests


Police in Whitehall said they are still shaking their heads after arresting the same driver for OVI twice in the span of a few hours.

"A blatant disregard for the law. At least most people maybe learn after their first mistake," said Deputy Chief Kelso.

CrimeTracker 10 obtained OVI crash and arrest data from the Ohio Highway Patrol for the first three months of 2019. So far this year, troopers alone have investigated 53 OVI-related crashes that caused 65 deaths.

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That number is down 21 percent compared to the same time last year.

Troopers made more than 6,300 OVI arrests in 2019. So far this year, the most likely place to get arrested for OVI is in Franklin County which leads the state with 763 arrests. That's more than double the number of arrests in Cuyahoga County and more than triple the number of OVI arrests in Hamilton County.

In Muskingum County, troopers at the Zanesville post have made 82 OVI arrests since January. Statewide, it's one of the biggest increases in OVI arrests between 2018 and 2019.

Kelso said police are on highest alert for drunk drivers during the summer months, so make smart choices if you plan to party.

"There's Uber, there's Lyft, there's taxi cab drivers. In this case, she had a designated driver," said Deputy Chief Kelso. "Use your options. Do not drink and drive."