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Wellsville man gets jail for DUI injury

LISBON — A Wellsville man who injured a woman in a drunk driving accident in December was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Chad M. Mixter, 44, Hammond Park Drive, Wellsville, apologized for his actions, telling Judge Megan Bickerton he was really remorseful, has quit drinking and is even afraid to drive a car since the accident.

Bickerton said she was concerned about the level of intoxication for Mixter, who had previously pleaded guilty to both OVI and vehicular assault, a fourth-degree felony. Additionally, Bickerton pointed out Mixter could have killed the woman.

According to Assistant County Prosecutor Alec Beech, Mixter struck a parked vehicle along Commerce Street in Wellsville. At the time, Sarah Moon was retrieving something, possibly groceries, from inside her vehicle. She was transported to East Liverpool City Hospital, according to police reports at the time of the crash. Wellsville police had reported his breathalyzer test registered at .128.

While Bickerton said she believed Mixter was remorseful for his actions and could see he had no prior criminal record. At the same time, she felt some punishment was necessary, when someone’s actions were as serious as this one.

Besides the 30-day sentence, for which he has credit for six days already served, Mixter was fined $375 and had his license suspended for three years. He was allowed to self-report to the jail.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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