Police Beat (09/20/13)
Published: Friday, September 20, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 20, 2013 01:09
Sweet dreams: Boy cited for public intoxication
Early Saturday morning, an OPD officer observed two males crossing Spring St., one carrying the other. Once they crossed the street, the walking man slipped the other’s arms off his shoulders and leaned him against the electrical traffic box near Circle K. At this time, the officer pulled into the parking lot to identify the duo.
The male, unable to walk and slumped against the electrical box, was identified as first-year Charles Ernst. Reeking of alcohol, Ernst was unsteady on his feet, OPD said. The officer said he believed Ernst to be heavily intoxicated.
Ernst produced a Miami University ID but was unable to produce a driver’s license. The man’s carrier stated the two were headed to Morris Hall, and pointed in the opposite direction. The officer then told the male they were on the wrong side of town, and pointed in the right direction.
After considerable aid, Ernst was placed into the cruiser. While being booked at OPD, Ernst fell asleep in a chair and nearly fell onto the floor, according to OPD. OPD said Ernst repeatedly asked questions after having things explained to him several times. He was cited for underage offenses, disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
Comfort Inn not-so-comforting for driver
At 3:45 a.m. Wednesday, an OPD officer was traveling south in the zero block of N. Locust St. when he noticed a black car turning north with dim headlights, no rear lights and a slightly-open trunk, OPD said.
The officer followed the car, activated his lights and siren and executed a stop near the Comfort Inn. The car signaled its turn into the Comfort Inn parking lot, but did not stop. As the car continued to drive to the rear of the parking lot, the officer sounded his emergency siren a second time. The vehicle then finally stopped, according to OPD.
The officer approached the vehicle and asked the driver why he didn’t initially stop. The male responded that he “was trying to find a good spot,” OPD said. Mason Reiff handed the officer his driver’s license when asked. When asked if he knew why he had been pulled over, Reiff—from behind glassy and bloodshot eyes—said no, according to OPD.
The officer informed Reiff that he had neither headlights nor taillights on and that his trunk was ajar. The officer, after allegedly smelling alcohol on Reiff’s breath, asked him how much he had had to drink. “Not too much,” Reiff responded.
After failing field sobriety tests, Reiff was arrested for OVI. He refused a breath test at OPD and was returned to the Comfort Inn.