St. Clair Township man needed a drink, gets arrested instead

EAST LIVERPOOL — A St. Clair Township man told police that he was just thirsty.

Nicholas Ohanlon, Wyoming Avenue and formerly of Crestview Drive, was arrested at 6:10 p.m. Monday in the first block of Y&O Road on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.

He is accused of taking his hospitalized grandmother’s car without permission and taking it for a drive.

According to township police, they were contacted around 2:15 p.m. Monday by a man who had checked on the woman’s house and found it ransacked and her car missing. He identified Ohanlon as the possible person who took the car and also reported a large TV missing.

Approximately four hours later, the vehicle was spotted near Glenmoor Superette by a patrolman.

Ohanlon, who was driving despite his well-known suspended status, told the officer that he was just wanted to get a drink. He had been charged previously of driving under suspension twice in 2018, twice in 2019 and twice already just a little over 30 days in the new year.

The police officer requested K9 Noras, who alerted on the odor of narcotics emitting from the vehicle during an open air sniff. A clear bag of a white rock-like substance was found in the driver’s side door of the vehicle. No other contraband was found.

Upon being notified that he would be arrested for possessing the vehicle without permission, Ohanlon then resisted handcuffing and told officers that he was suicidal and wanted to go to East Liverpool City Hospital. He was ultimately taken there by Northstar.

Ohanlon is set for arraignment at 9 a.m. Monday in East Liverpool Municipal Court. Additional charges may be levied depending on the crime lab results for the substance found in the door.

A bench warrant already had been issued for Ohanlon after he missed a court appearance due to being in Mahoning County Jail≥ If convicted of these latest charges, he faces six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.


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