A Brimfield man whose car took a detour into a swamp Wednesday night ended up drying off in the Portage County jail after being arrested on drunken driving charges.
Dannie R. Mallicoat, 60, of 1319 Cedarwood Drive, was charged with two counts of operating a vehicle under the influence and one count of driving under suspension, all first-degree misdemeanors, after Brimfield police had to fish him and his 2001 Cadillac out of a marshy area off S.R. 43.
Mallicoat is free after posting a $900 bond and was released from jail following his arraignment Thursday.
Police said Mallicoat pulled his silver 2001 Cadillac into a business in the downtown business district at approximately 9:14 p.m. Wednesday "and just kept driving," Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver said on the department's Facebook page.
Mallicoat drove through a parking lot next to the building, "out of the lot and into the swamp," Oliver said. "Unlike military-type vehicles, his Cadillac was not meant to … float?"
Sgt. David Knarr and Officer Robert Putnam fished Mallicoat out of his vehicle, Oliver said. Inside the vehicle, they found "some tasty fried chicken" Mallicoat apparently was eating when he drove into the swamp, he said.
During field sobriety tests, Mallicoat allegedly paid "homage to 'E.T.' by following Sgt. Knarr's finger with his own finger instead of using his eyes," Oliver wrote.
Mallicoat's blood alcohol content tested at 0.206, more than two-and-a-half times the legal limit. He also was driving on a suspended license, according to Brimfield police.
It is Mallicoat's second arrest for drunken driving in the last six years. He was arrested for drunken driving on Aug. 24, 2006, by Brimfield police, but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of driving under OVI suspension in Portage County Municipal Court in Kent in October 2006. Mallicoat was sentenced to six days in jail and fined $450 by Judge Barbara Oswick in that case, according to court records.
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