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Shalersville woman busted twice in six hours for drunken driving (with video)

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published: September 23, 2016 4:00 AM
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A Shalersville woman was arrested twice for drunken driving within a six-hour span on Tuesday, and also is facing felony charges for allegedly bringing non-prescribed drugs into the Portage County jail.

Dawn J. Kvasnicka, 48, of 5518 S.R. 303, is facing three felonies and three misdemeanors after being stopped twice by the same Streetsboro police officer and allegedly bringing drugs into the jail in Shalersville following her second arrest.

According to Streetsboro police, dispatchers received a call at 9:25 a.m. Tuesday regarding an erratic driver on S.R. 303. Kvasnicka's vehicle, a black 2013 Ford sedan, was stopped on S.R. 43 north of S.R. 14, where Officer Michael Cipriano determined she was impaired and arrested her, according to police and court records.

Kvasnicka was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, a first-degree misdemeanor, and failure to control, a minor misdemeanor. Taken to the Streetsboro Police Department at 2080 S.R. 303 for booking, she gave a breath sample which allegedly indicated her blood alcohol concentration was .371, or nearly five times the legal limit of .08, police said.

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Kvasnicka was released to a friend's custody, Streetsboro police said. Later that same day, at 2:47 p.m., another report of an erratic driver on S.R. 303 caused officers to stop another vehicle, this time a white 2010 Toyota Camry, in the department's own driveway.

Officer Cipriano again found Kvasnicka behind the wheel, apparently intoxicated, police said. She was again arrested and taken into the station for booking. Another breath test showed her blood alcohol concentration to be .385, and she was again charged with operating a vehicle under the influence along with driving under suspension, another first-degree misdemeanor, according to a ticket filed by Streetsboro police.

Upon arrest and booking at the Portage County jail, corrections officers also allegedly discovered Kvasnicka had a 15mg morphine pill and a 5mg Opana pill, which is used to treat moderate to severe pain.

Corrections officers filed three additional charges against Kvasnicka because she did not have prescriptions for the drugs. They include illegal conveyance of prohibited items onto the grounds of a detention facility, a third-degree felony, and two counts of possession of drugs, both fifth-degree felonies, according to the Portage County Sheriff's Office.

Kvasnicka pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the misdemeanor OVI charges in Portage County Municipal Court and is free after posting $1,000 bond, according to court records.

Conditions include she not possess or consume any alcohol or drive while the case is pending, and that she be placed on a SCRAM monitor to determine any alcohol intake.

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

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