BUCYRUS – Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers charged a 64-year-old Mansfield man with operating a vehicle under the influence for the seventh time.
The driver, Gary Papst, was pulled over on Monday, Dec. 14 for a lanes violation in the Village of Lexington. Papst was attempting to pass another vehicle and drove partially on the sidewalk. During the traffic stop, troopers determined Papst to be under the influence of alcohol. Field sobriety tests were conducted and the driver was subsequently arrested and charged with OVI. As the trooper walked Papst to his patrol car, he said, “My job is to make sure everyone gets
home safe.” It was determined that Papst had been charged with OVI six previous times in the last 43 years. Papst was released to a sober party following the arrest. He was arraigned in the Mansfield Municipal Court on Dec. 16.
On average, troopers remove 25,000 impaired drivers from Ohio roadways each year. For the safety of all who take to the road this holiday season and always, the public is encouraged to call #677 to report reckless or impaired drivers.
Watch part of the dash cam footage on the Patrol’s regional Twitter account, @OSHP_NWOhio, at: https://twitter.com/OSHP_NWOhio/status/1341890947043348480?s=19