Drunken driver who crashed in Brimfield swamp in January gets jail time

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

A Brimfield man who drove his car into a swampy area while intoxicated in January has been sentenced to 10 days in the Portage County jail and fined almost $600 after pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge.

Dannie R. Mallicoat, 61, of 1319 Cedarwood Drive, pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a prohibited blood alcohol content, a first-degree misdemeanor, in Portage County Municipal Court in Kent on June 13.

Judge Barbara Oswick sentenced Mallicoat to 180 days in jail and fined him $1,075, with all but 10 days of the jail term and $575 in fines suspended on the conditions he perform 24 hours of community work service, serve one year on probation and have no alcohol-related offenses for two years.

Mallicoat also was ordered to get a substance abuse evaluation and his driver's license was suspended for 12 months. A condition of his suspension is that all vehicles he drives be fitted with an ignition interlock device to prevent him from driving while intoxicated, according to Oswick's sentencing order.

Mallicoat was arrested by Brimfield police on Jan. 23 after officers had to fish him and his 2001 Cadillac out of a swampy area behind a business on S.R. 43. Mallicoat "just kept driving" through the back lot of the business and into the swamp, according to Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver.

Two officers waded in and arrested Mallicoat, finding some half-eaten fried chicken he apparently was eating while driving, Oliver said. Mallicoat's blood alcohol content was tested and registered 0.206, or two-and-a-half times the legal limit of 0.08. He also was driving on a suspended license, according to Brimfield police.

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

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