Medina County taskforce makes arrests on St. Patrick's Day, including one for mushrooms

BRUNSWICK, Ohio - A crackdown by the Medina County OVI Task Force and the Ohio State Highway Patrol on St. Patrick's Day resulted in three arrests, including one for possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms.

The sobriety checkpoint, on the 1900 block of Pearl Road, accompanied saturation patrol in the greater Brunswick area. Police focused on US Route 42 and surrounding roadways.

Police said the driver of an SUV pulling a trailer tried turning around in the fire station driveway in an attempt to avoid the checkpoint, which resulted in jackknifing the trailer causing minor vehicle damage.

Police said after further investigation police found mushrooms on the driver. Misdemeanor possession of marijuana and paraphernalia could be filed against the passenger.

Police officers checked 386 cars. There were 16 cars diverted for further investigationincluding the SUV.

The saturation patrols resulted in three OVI arrests. There were 49 traffic stops made resulting in citations for driving under suspension, speed and marked lanes.

Police officers from Brunswick, Brunswick Hills, Hinckley, Montville, Seville and Wadsworth, as well as the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Medina County Sheriff participated in the operation.

The checkpoint was the third one conducted by the Medina County OVI Task Force for this grant year, which began on October 1, 2013.

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