COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting preliminary traffic fatality data from the 2017 Christmas and 2018 New Year reporting periods.
During the 2017 Christmas reporting period, beginning December 22 and ending December 25, five crashes resulted in five fatalities. This is a significant decrease from the 2016 Christmas reporting period when 14 individuals lost their lives in traffic crashes. Troopers also arrested 292 motorists for impaired driving.
During the 2018 New Year Holiday reporting period, beginning December 29 and ending January 1, two traffic crashes caused three people to lose their lives. This is a 50 percent decrease from last year, when six individuals lost their lives traffic crashes. Troopers also arrested 288 motorists for impaired driving.
The public is encouraged to continue using #677 to report dangerous or impaired drivers, as well as drug activity.
Troopers seize 70 pounds of marijuana in Fulton County
WAUSEON – Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against a California man after a traffic stop in Fulton County. During the traffic stop, troopers seized 70 pounds of marijuana, which is valued at approximately $318,000.
On December 31, 2017, at 12:44 a.m., troopers stopped a rented 2017 Ford Expedition with California registration for a speed violation on Interstate 80 near milepost 28. Criminal indicators were observed and a Wauseon Police Department drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the contraband.
The suspect, Joseph Evans, 25, of Chula Vista, Calif., was incarcerated in the Correction Center of Northwest Ohio and charged with possession of marijuana, a second-degree felonies.
If convicted, he could face up to eight years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine.
Information for this story was provided by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.