South Vienna man arrested in Clark County, accused of 9th OVI

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers arrest a South Vienna man on ninth OVI.
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Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers arrest a South Vienna man on ninth OVI.

A South Vienna man was arrested on Tuesday night for operating a motor vehicle under the influence for the ninth time, making this his fourth felony OVI if convicted, according to the Springfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

A trooper found Randy Delong, 39, around 9:35 p.m. on Tuesday stumbling into the road on the ramp from I-70 onto Enon Road after he sideswiped a semi-truck, resulting in a flat tire to his pickup truck, OSHP said.

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The trooper then arrested Delong after determining he was highly intoxicated with slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath.

Delong has been convicted of OVI seven times, including three felony convictions, OSHP said. An OVI arrest becomes a felony after someone is convicted of three or more OVI offenses in the past 10 years, or five or more OVI convictions during the last 20 years.

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According to OSHP, Delong was convicted of a felony OVI in Clark County from a 2005 arrest, then again in Montgomery and Lawrence counties from arrests in 2012 and 2015. He was sentenced to four years in prison from his 2015 felony OVI conviction but was given judicial release in September 2017. He also has a pending OVI charge in Clark County from an arrest in North Hampton in February.

Delong is scheduled to appear in the Clark County Municipal Court at 11 a.m. on Friday.

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