Two crashes, two days, two DUI charges

SANDUSKY A Sandusky man charged with impaired driving rented a car after crashing his own vehicle early Wednesday and was cha
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

A Sandusky man charged with impaired driving rented a car after crashing his own vehicle early Wednesday and was charged with driving under the influence again on Thursday.

Ronald A. Leach, 51, 1800 block of Superior St., slammed his 1994 Chevy Van into a concrete wall outside a home on Ohio 101 in Margaretta Township at about 3 a.m., according to Ohio Patrol Trooper Darren Thomas.

"Drugs were suspected," Thomas said.

Leach was cited with failure to control and operating a vehicle under the influence. He was treated for back and neck injuries at Firelands Regional Medical Center and later discharged, Thomas said.

At about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Leach, who was driving a rented 1997 Nissan Sentra, struck a vehicle driven by a 38-year-old Sandusky woman near the McDonald's on West Perkins Avenue, Sandusky police said. The woman and her 8-year-old son both sustained injuries and were treated at Firelands Regional Medical Center.

The other driver, Karen Remmick, said her back and shoulders still hurt Friday.

"He's a little sore," she said, referring to her son.

Remmick said she was stopping at McDonald's for coffee.

"At first I didn't know what happened," she said. "One minute we're turning left into McDonald's and the next minute I'm in the oncoming traffic lane."

The police report of the second incident stated that Leach was "very lethargic, confused and had very slow motor skills."

Leach was taken to Firelands for treatment after Thursday's accident.

At the hospital, Leach had "thick-tongue speech, slurred speech and very dilated pupils," but no alcohol was detected, the report said.

Leach told hospital staff the last medication he had was at 6 a.m. that morning, adding that he takes Xanax, oxycodone and methadone among other drugs. He also told police he had not slept in 24 hours.

Leach was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, failure to control and failure to keep an assured clear distance in the second incident.