Man with 15 DUIs faces new charge

From staff and wire reports Published:

Todd R. Manley, 32, of 221 Trudy Ave., pleaded innocent Monday to driving

under the influence in Portage County Municipal Court in Ravenna. He was

being held at the Portage County jail on a $50,000 cash bond, a court spokeswoman

said.

Manly was arrested about 11 p.m. Sunday by the State Highway Patrol after

crashing his vehicle into the Freedom Inn, a bar at state Routes 88 and

303 in the township, Lt. Alan Moore said. The bard had closed at 8 p.m.

He was taken to Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, where he refused

to take a blood test, troopers said.

Manly was charged with felony DUI, reckless operation, driving under

suspension and not wearing a seat belt. He has no driving privileges in

Ohio, forbidding him to have a driver's license or register a vehicle in

his name, Moore said.

The felony-level count of DUI was his second such arrest in less than

a year.

Manley will undergo a preliminary hearing on the felony charge. He was

convicted in February of his first such charge in Portage County Common

Pleas Court.

A new Ohio law enacted in October mandated all DUI offenders who have

had more than four DUI convictions within a six-year period be charged in

common pleas court with stiffer fines and prison time instead of local jail

service.

Manley was cited in November for DUI. According to court records, he

was transferred Feb. 13 to the Lorain Correctional Institute to serve a

six-month sentence handed down by Portage County Judge Joseph Kainrad for

his first felony-level conviction. Manley was released early from prison

because he had accumulated 80 days of credit for time spent in the Portage

County jail.

"When he got sentenced to six months Feb. 3, he only had 100 days

left to do," said Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci.

The 1996 Ford Ranger Manley was driving at the time of the incident will

be forfeited, and the owner of the vehicle also could be prosecuted if she

was aware Manley had no driver's license or was intoxicated Sunday, Vigluicci

added.

Manly was driving a vehicle registered to Janice Kampf of Hudson, police

said. Troopers have been unable to contact Kampf, Moore said.

Manley's case will be heard Thursday by a Portage County grand jury,

Vigluicci said.

Manley has had 15 DUI convictions since 1984 and has not had a valid

driver's license since then.

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