STOW — A Massillon man charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and other misdemeanors is now facing a felony in connection with a May 6 crash on state Route 8 that put Stow Police Sgt. Ted Bell into the hospital for a couple of days.
According to Stow Municipal Court records, the Ohio State Highway Patrol filed a third-degree felony aggravated vehicular assault charge against 57-year-old Stephen E. Eibel on Tuesday.
The patrol, which investigated the crash, filed other charges including two counts of OVI and a single count of blood alcohol content test refusal, all first-degree misdemeanors, against Eibel.
The crash occurred in the northbound left lane of Route 8 near Steels Corners Road at 10:27 p.m. Bell was sitting in his parked cruiser with his emergency lights activated while providing security for construction workers when the 2016 Ford Fusion that Eibel was driving struck the cruiser. Bell was taken to Cleveland Clinic Akron General with head and neck injuries.
According to court records, Eibel entered a felony no plea at an arraignment Tuesday and is scheduled for a felony status hearing May 28. He pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanors May 13.
He was released at the court Wednesday on a 10% of $25,000 bond.