Guilty plea in Franklin man's 5th drunken driving case

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By Dave O’Brien | Staff Writer

A Franklin Township man is awaiting sentencing in Portage County Common Pleas Court after pleading guilty to his fifth drunken driving offense in six years.

Charles A. Vliet, 28, of 2288 Hissom Lane, pleaded guilty in October to one count of operating a vehicle under the influence, a third-degree felony. He was arrested June 17 by Kent police for being intoxicated and driving a four-wheeler on The Portage Hike and Bike Trail in Kent.

Sentencing in Judge Laurie Pittman’s courtroom is pending a pre-sentence investigation. 

Vliet will be interviewed for a bed at the Northeast Ohio Community Alternative Program in Warren, a drug treatment center for convicted felons. He also will be required to forfeit his four-wheeler to Kent police.   

Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci said Vliet was arrested after a police officer saw a four-wheeler on the trail, which is prohibited. 

After crashing into a fence, Vliet failed field sobriety tests, Vigluicci said. A blood test showed Vliet’s blood alcohol to be 0.162, or twice the legal limit. 

Before his June arrest, Vliet had four prior convictions for drunken driving, one each in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011, Vigluicci said. Three of the cases were in Portage County, and one in Summit County, according to court records. 

In the 2011 case, Vliet was sentenced to 60 days in jail, NEOCAP and five years probation after pleading guilty to operating a vehicle under the influence, a fourth-degree felony.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1128 or dobrien@recordpub.com

 

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