Cridersville man faces child endangerment charges

By J Swygart -

LIMA — A Cridersville man who became belligerent during and after a traffic stop Saturday evening faces a variety of charges, ranging from operating a motor vehicle while under the influence to endangering children.

According to a report filed by the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, Matthew A. Lord, 30, was arrested after a vehicle he was driving was stopped by deputies in the area of Elida Road and American Avenue. The reporting deputy said he observed a vehicle “weaving through traffic in a reckless manner” and initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle pulled into a parking lot, at which time the deputy said he saw the driver and passenger trade places in the front seat.

Deputy Brandon Hemker wrote that he “immediately noticed the strong odor of alcoholic beverages” upon approaching the vehicle and also observed two small children in the back seat. Lord, who was at that point sitting in the passenger’s seat, was asked to exit the vehicle and did so.

But Lord said he would not cooperate with authorities, would not consent to field sobriety tests, and would not identify himself, the report said. It was during a search of the vehicle that Lord’s identity became known. It was also learned at that time that his driver license was suspended. Lord was then placed in a squad car.

The female passenger in the vehicle, Erin Cortez, also had an active arrest warrant and was taken into custody. While officers were focused on Cortez, Lord reportedly began to hit his head on the window of the patrol car and subsequently was sprayed with the chemical OC. He was then taken to jail, where his erratic behavior continued, according to the report. He was placed in a restraint chair by jail staff but reportedly continued to spit at officers. Lord was asked to submit to a breath sample but refused, according to the report.

Lord was charged with OVI, driving with a suspended license, reckless operation and endangering children.

By J Swygart

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