Drunken driver in Brimfield gets treatment

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

A Brimfield man who drove drunk on Meloy Road and had drugs in his vehicle without a prescription when stopped by a Brimfield police officer in March 2011 has been ordered to get treatment for his drug addiction.

Brian E. Kurzenberger, 22, of 1286 Carol Drive, was granted treatment in lieu of conviction by Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman. He pleaded guilty in August to one count each of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and operating a vehicle under the influence, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Pittman found that Kurzenberger was assessed by a certified drug counselor or agency, that his addiction was a factor in his crime, which was not a violent offense and one that would not be made less serious if he was granted treatment -- the conditions under which treatment may be granted.

Kurzenberger was ordered to continue treatment and outpatient counseling, submit to random drug tests, attend a three-day Driver Intervention Program for convicted drunken drivers by April 1, 2013, and fined $700. His driver's license was suspended for six months.

The charges arose out of a March 6, 2011, traffic stop on Meloy Road in Brimfield.

Sgt. Matthew McCarty stopped Kurzenberger's Ford F-150 pickup truck after it ran a stop sign on Powdermill Road. Kurzenberger pulled into a driveway on Meloy Road, where he had to be held at gunpoint to stop him from fleeing. McCarty recovered Adderall, which is used to treat attention deficit disorders but is also abused for its stimulant properties, from Kuzenberger's truck.

Kurzenberger's eyes were bloodshot, his speech slurred and he had the odor of alcohol on him, according to the Portage County Prosecutor's Office. His blood alcohol content tested 0.193, or more than twice the legal limit in Ohio.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1128.

dobrien@recordpub.com

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