MOUNT VERNON — A 20-year-old was charged after a non-injury horse and buggy crash in Danville that allegedly involved alcohol.

Ervin A. Miller, Danville, was taken into custody after he had crashed the horse and buggy he was operating shortly after midnight on April 12. He was suspected to have been under the influence of alcohol, according to court records.

Officers arrested Miller after a field test determined that his alcohol level was .055 and he was transported to the Knox County Jail.

After the incident, Miller was cited for operating a vehicle under the influence and possession or consumption of alcohol underage, both first-degree misdemeanors; operation of a vehicle after underage consumption, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree and failure to use reasonable control, a minor misdemeanor.

Miller has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Ohio’s statute of OVI covers horse and buggy and states in the Ohio Revised Code 4511.19 that it “prohibits someone from operating ‘any vehicle’ if they are under the influence of alcohol and/or a drug of abuse.”

Miller had been previously cited for possession or consumption of alcohol under age in June of 2018 and operating a vehicle under the influence in Oct. 7, 2018. In both of those cases, Miller was operating a car.

In the October incident, Miller was cited for OVI and expired registration after a traffic stop on Millersburg Road near Danville and his vehicle was impounded. After the violation, his license was suspended for one year.


John Wareham: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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