Rollover results in OVI charge, driver refuses medical treatment


By Jonathan Delozier - jdelozier@aimmediamidwest.com



John Papes, 48, of Elyria was charged July 13 after crashing his car into a ditch on the west side of Rt. 58 in Amherst Township.


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Responders piece together debris from the crash.


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South Amherst firefighters removed Papes through the back windshield of his vehicle.


Jonathan Delozier | Amherst News-Times

A rollover crash July 13 resulted in no serious injuries — but charges for an allegedly drunk driver.

At 1:55 p.m., John Papes, 48, of Elyria, was traveling north on Rt. 58 a mile south of Rt. 113 in Amherst Township when he lost control of his 2003 Chevy Cavalier, sending the car off the side of the road before it flipped over and came to a rest upside down in a ditch.

Papes was the only driver in the car and no other vehicles were involved.

Responders were forced to break through the back windshield of the Cavalier in order to remove Papes, who rescuers said was conscious and alert throughout the process.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. David Dylag said Papes refused medical treatment and was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He was taken to the patrol’s Elyria branch and later released.

“The situation wasn’t life-threatening. He was just pinned and couldn’t get out,” said Dylag. “There’s a tire mark on the road where he pulled really hard back to the right. He probably misjudged coming around the corner and then overcorrected.”

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John Papes, 48, of Elyria was charged July 13 after crashing his car into a ditch on the west side of Rt. 58 in Amherst Township.
http://theamherstnewstimes.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/07/web1_IMG_9123.jpgJohn Papes, 48, of Elyria was charged July 13 after crashing his car into a ditch on the west side of Rt. 58 in Amherst Township.

Jonathan Delozier | Amherst News-Times

Responders piece together debris from the crash.
http://theamherstnewstimes.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/07/web1_IMG_9131.jpgResponders piece together debris from the crash.

Jonathan Delozier | Amherst News-Times

South Amherst firefighters removed Papes through the back windshield of his vehicle.
http://theamherstnewstimes.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/07/web1_IMG_9129.jpgSouth Amherst firefighters removed Papes through the back windshield of his vehicle.

Jonathan Delozier | Amherst News-Times

By Jonathan Delozier

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