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Drunken man charged with improper handling of firearm

Sandusky Register Staff • Mar 24, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Ben Kimberlin, 25, 400 block Gildona Drive, was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, marijuana possession and improper handling of a firearm, a fifth-degree felony.

An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper pulled Kimberlin over a few minutes before 1 a.m. Sunday at Bogart Road and Columbus Avenue, Patrol Sgt. Brian Gockstetter said.

Kimberlin had allegedly been speeding— 55 mph in a 45 mph zone— and the trooper quickly noticed the smell of alcohol while speaking with him during a traffic stop, Gockstetter said.

While the trooper was conducting field sobriety tests, Kimberlin informed him of his carrying concealed weapons permit, and the presence of a gun inside his vehicle.

Found inside the car was a loaded .357 revolver, Gockstetter said.

Kimberlin was arrested and taken to the Erie County jail.

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