AKRON: A 70-year-old Cuyahoga Falls man was convicted of his 12th drunken driving offense after a jury found him guilty Monday on two counts of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, authorities said.
Edward A. South, of Highpoint Lane in the Falls, faces up to 10 years in prison at sentencing, prosecutors said.
Under Ohio law, he is subject to enhanced penalties as a repeat offender for having five or more prior OVI convictions in the last 20 years.
On Dec. 26, South crashed into a pole and walked away from the scene. He was driving on a suspended license at the time.
After Falls police tracked South to a family member’s home, he registered 0.087 percent on a blood-alcohol breath test, prosecutors said.
“He clearly has not learned his lesson and remains a danger to society as long as he has access to a vehicle on our roadways,” Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said in a news release.
South is scheduled to be sentenced at 1 p.m. May 23 by Common Pleas Judge Tammy O’Brien.