MOUNT VERNON — A Centerburg man who caused an injury motor vehicle crash while intoxicated said Thursday in Knox County Common Pleas Court he has no desire to drive and doesn’t want to hold a driver’s license.

Clinton W. Horlacher, 33, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular assault and operating a motor vehicle intoxicated (OMVI). The aggravated vehicular assault charge is a second-degree felony carrying a presumption of prison, meaning a judge must consider prison unless a set of specific factors against it are present.

The OMVI charge is an unclassified misdemeanor and carries up to 365 days in jail. Horlacher has two prior OMVI convictions in the last 10 years.

As Common Pleas Judge Richard Wetzel explained the possible penalties, which also include a license suspension of up to 12 years, Horlacher said he has not been driving and has gotten rid of both of his vehicles.

“I really don’t desire to drive any time soon,” Horlacher said. “I don’t want to drive, I don’t want a driver’s license.”

Horlacher, who is employed, said he was offered the opportunity to get driving privileges as his case was pending, but turned it down.

The charges stem from Jan. 10. According to Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Nicole Derr, the crash occurred on County Road 19 when Horlacher went left of center and struck a tree. His passenger, an adult female, was hospitalized with injuries suffered in the crash.

Wetzel ordered a presentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Dec. 13.

Also Thursday, Karen R. Frost, 53, Mount Vernon, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs. In exchange for Frost’s guilty plea, an additional count of aggravated trafficking in drugs was dismissed by Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville.

The charge stems from Dec. 11, 2017, when Frost sold meth to a confidential informant for $30, McConville said.

Wetzel ordered a presentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Dec. 13.


Nick Sabo: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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