Medina County Courthouse

Friday, September 24, 2010

Woman Gets Year in Prison for Failure to Comply and Child Endangering

Judge Kimbler sentenced Stephanie M. Arthur, 24, of North Harmony Street in Medina, Ohio to one year in prison for Failure to Comply, a third degree felony, and Child Endangering, a first degree misdemeanor. The charges arose out of a high-speed chase that started in Cuyahoga County and continued into Medina County on Interstate 71.

Ms. Arthur who was driving a car that also contained her two year old daughter, Alexis, reached a speed in excess of 100 miles per hour before her vehicle came to a stop after running over spikes that a Highway Patrol trooper put down. When she was removed from the vehicle, she appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, although she only blew a .074 on the breath alcohol content (BAC) test that she was given. When asked why she committed this offense, Ms. Arthur stated that she was "scared and under the influence of alcohol at the time".

Besides ordering her imprisonment, Judge Kimbler suspended her driver's license for three years, which is a hard suspension with no limited driving privileges. Judge Kimbler gave her credit for the 98 days that she had served in the Medina County Jail prior to the imposition of sentence and gave her a 180 day jail sentence for the Child Endangering. Under Ohio law the sentence for the misdemeanor must run concurrent with the prison sentence for the felony.

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