Robert Ellis, 53, was driving eastbound on Alkire Highway in Prairie Township on Oct. 16 simply earlier than 5 p.m. when he rounded a curve and struck a utility pole. His license was suspended on the time of the crash.
His spouse, Daybreak Ellis, 51, was within the passenger seat and was pronounced lifeless on the scene. Police stated he had a blood-alcohol stage of .185, greater than double the authorized restrict in the course of the time of the deadly crash, based on Fox 8. Neither particular person was carrying a seat belt.
“That is legal conduct,” Franklin County Sheriff Workplace Chief Deputy Jim Gilbert informed Fox Information. “The one means you are going to cease him from getting behind the wheel is to incarcerate him. He is a relentless menace to the motoring public.”
Gilbert added the newest crash was his 16th time being charged with OVI, with two costs diminished to reckless operation. Ellis has been in an out of the jail system greater than a dozen instances, he added. His numerous costs all through the years embrace eight counts of home violence, stalking, disorderly conduct, petty theft, breaking and coming into, assault and felony drug abuse.
He added that Ellis continued to drive with a suspended license in between his OVI arrests, a motive for the excessive variety of license suspensions.
After his most up-to-date crash, Ellis was indicted on 4 felony costs of aggravated vehicular murder and working a car below the affect of being a repeat offender, police stated on Wednesday.
It was the 13th time he was charged with working below the affect, courting again to 1985. A fourth OVI offense on Ohio nets an offender with 60 days to a 12 months in jail — together with three years to a everlasting license suspension, based on dui.drivinglaws.org.
“Whereas investigating this deadly site visitors crash it was very clear to investigators that Mr. Ellis is among the worst ordinary repeat offenders of drunk driving we’ve seen,” the Franklin County Sheriff’s Workplace stated in an announcement. “He has no regard for human life.”
Police stated he managed to tally up 36 previous driving suspensions, one in all which was nonetheless lively on the time of the crash.
Bobbi Spencer, the daughter of Daybreak Ellis, stated Robert brought about her mom and household a whole lot of ache.
“I’m so pleased he’s behind bars so he can’t put anybody else’s household by means of what he’s put us by means of,” Spencer informed WCMH. “However it’s nonetheless by no means gonna take the ache away that he’s brought about all of us.”
Neighbors additionally say that alcohol performed a big function in Robert and Daybreak Ellis’s relationship.
“They’d go to the bars, come residence late at night time,” neighbor Steven McDonald informed the outlet. “Jazz [Robert] can be up on the porch handed out and Daybreak can be down on the sidewalk calling for assist as a result of they was each drunk.”
On Tuesday night time, Ellis was arrested by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Workplace SWAT staff and was taken to Franklin County Jail.
When requested if his most up-to-date arrest will change his conduct, Gilbert stated it could in jail — whereas including, “I do not know the way a lot life he has left.”