Miami County judge calls man convicted of 9th OVI ‘a menace behind the wheel’

TROY – A Miami County judge told a Gallipolis man convicted of his ninth OVI following an April traffic stop on Interstate 75 near Tipp City that he was “a menace behind the wheel of a car” before sentencing him to two years in prison and a lifetime driver’s license suspension. 

Troy McDaniel, 51, was stopped by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper in the early hours of April 17 after the trooper reported seeing his vehicle driving outside the marked lanes. A Tipp City police officer assisted in the search of his vehicle, according to police reports. 

McDaniel later pleaded guilty to felony operating a vehicle under the influence in Miami County Common Pleas Court. 

Pratt said July 24 that McDaniel had eight prior convictions since 1982 for driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He also had prior convictions for driving while under suspension. 

Before sentencing, McDaniel said he wanted to apologize and said he makes bad choices. Paul Watkins, assistant prosecuting attorney, asked for a prison term, calling McDaniel “a risk to the community.” 

Pratt said he had a “tremendous” number of prior convictions. “You are a menace behind the wheel of a car,” she said. 

In addition to prison time, McDaniel was ordered to pay a $1,350 mandatory fine, complete an alcohol and drug addiction program and pay court costs. His license was suspended for life and he was given 98 days jail credit.

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