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Ravenna woman facing 6th OVI conviction in 20 years

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published: October 18, 2016 4:43 PM

A Ravenna woman is facing her sixth drunken driving conviction in the last 19 years -- this one a felony -- after being caught allegedly driving drunk in downtown Ravenna late last month.

Tresa A. Burgess, 51, of 305 Eagle St., was indicted Sept. 29 by a Portage County grand jury on two counts of operating a vehicle under the influence and one count of refusal to submit to chemical tests, all fourth-degree felonies, all with one habitual offender and one vehicle forfeiture specification each.

Arraigned Oct. 3 in Portage County Common Pleas Court, Burgess pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released after posting bond.

Judge Laurie Pittman scheduled a jury trial for Nov. 22. Burgess faces up to 18 months in prison on each charge and a mandatory driver's license suspension, as well as the possibility of forfeiting her vehicle to Ravenna police.

Officer Kevin Lafferty stopped Burgess' 2001 Chrysler on Sept. 21 in the 400 block of West Main Street. Burgess allegedly was intoxicated while driving but refused sobriety tests, according to Ravenna police.

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The charges are felonies because Burgess has at least five prior convictions for drunken driving in the last 20 years. They include one in October 2011 in southeastern Ohio's Athens County Municipal Court and one each in October 2005, November 2002, January 2002 and April 1997, all in Portage County Municipal Court, according to Ravenna police.

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