BETHEL TOWNSHIP — On Wednesday, an unoccupied Miami County Sheriff’s Office cruiser was struck by an alleged drunk driver while the deputy was conducting a traffic stop on State Route 201, near the Montgomery County line.
According to Chief Deputy Dave Duchak, Deputy Ryan Stein was not injured during the incident, which occurred around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening. Deputy Stein was standing a few feet away outside the driver’s side of a vehicle he had pulled over during a traffic stop. The driver of a white Ford car, Douglas Baker, 63, of Pomano Beach, Fla., struck the sheriff’s cruiser, ripping off the driver’s side-view mirror, and continued southbound on State Route 201.
Deputy Stein returned to his cruiser and stopped Baker’s car approximately a half-mile from the incident. Deputy Stein questioned Baker, who refused field sobriety tests, but stated he had drank a few beers that evening.
Baker was transported to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office and consented to a breath test. The test yielded a blood alcohol level of 0.165 percent. The state of Ohio’s legal limit is 0.08 percent. Baker was cited for OVI and marked lanes and released to a sober party.
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