A Medway man will spend five years in prison after he was convicted last week of his 16th OVI.
Teddy Templeton, 53, received the maximum sentence for his offenses — five years in prison, a $10,500 fine and a lifetime suspension of his driver’s license.
Templeton was already under a lifetime driving suspension when he was arrested in July 2013 for operating a vehicle while under the influence by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. That arrest marked his 16th offense for driving under the influence over a 23-year period.
During the traffic stop, Templeton admitted to deputies that he had consumed alcohol before being pulled over and failed three field sobriety tests, prosecutors said. Templeton was administered a urine test and his levels came back more than twice the legal limit.
During Templeton’s trial last week the jury deliberated for only 30 minutes before returning with a guilty conviction.
In Clark County Common Pleas Court on Thursday, Templeton asked Judge Douglas Rastatter to take his family into consideration and that he has sole custody of his 11-year-old daughter.
“I just ask that you get me back to my family as soon as possible,” Templeton said. “I want you to know that I’m not a menace to society like I’m being portrayed.”
His latest conviction was his fourth felony offense for OVI since 2007.
Clark County Assistant Prosecutor Lisa Fannin said Templeton’s continued drinking and driving habits after he had previously been sentenced to jail time for the same offense show that the maximum sentence of five years was warranted.
“Although he doesn’t believe he is a menace to society, he clearly is a danger to society,” Fannin said.
Clark County prosecutors have processed nearly 30 OVI convictions in the past year, she added.
“It’s an epidemic, at least here it seems,” she said “It’s something that we’re not going to take lightly here in Clark County.”
Templeton was sent back to the Clark County Jail to be held until his move to a state facility. He will receive 100 days credit toward his five year sentence for the time already served in Clark County Jail since his July arrest.