LIMA — Two men were arrested on felony drunken-driving charges in separate incidents Sunday.
The first arrest came during a speeding stop by the Ohio State Highway Patrol at 4 a.m. A trooper pulled the car over on Ninth Street in Lima, two men got out and ran. Both were captured. Officers arrested Charles P. Jones, 36, of Lima, charging him with felony drunken driving, said Sgt. R.L. Burd of the state patrol.
Jones’ passenger, Michael Thompson, 20, of Lima was charged with drug possession. He had marijuana, Burd said.
The other felony drunken-driving arrest was against Andrew Hammer, 27, of Elida. A trooper on patrol on Cable Road near Irvin Road came across a car that had struck a deer at 10:30 p.m., Burd said.
The men were charged with felony drunken driving because it was the fourth such arrest in six years for each. The charge is a fifth-degree felony that carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison.