The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

April 9, 2013

Man has many belts, but pants fall down

Star Beacon

GENEVA —  An Ashtabula man had trouble driving while intoxicated and keeping his pants up while being arrested early Sunday morning, Geneva police reports show.

Sgt. Joseph Webb was called to the driveway of Geneva High School on Route 84 at 3:18 a.m. and found Adam Tamas, 30, passed out in his crashed car, which was caught on the curb of the school driveway.

Webb said Tamas, who was clearly intoxicated and smelled of alcohol, had traveled “the length of three or four football fields on the edge of the roadway.”

“Then his vehicle jumped over the 8-inch curb onto the school driveway, struck and opposite curb, and bounced back before coming to a rest in the grass median between the two driveways,” Webb said.

Webb opened the door to Tamas’ silver car and found Tamas “incoherent and half passed out.”

“I asked him where he was coming from and he said ‘down the road,’” Webb said.

Webb had to help Tamas stand to be handcuffed, as the alcohol and lack of a belt hindered Tamas’ mobility and balance.

“I had to help him stand up while I was handcuffing him,” Webb said, “and his pants were unbuckled and falling down. He was half asleep and he didn’t know where he was.”

Webb said Tamas’ loose pants continued to be a problem through the transport to jail and the booking process.

“His pants were falling down around his ankles,” he said. “Then I got him to the station at the intoxication machine, where he managed to fall out of his chair due to intoxication.”

No field sobriety test was given, Webb said, as Tamas was too intoxicated to even attempt the test.

Tamas submitted to a breath test with a .203 result, police reports show, making the offense a “Super OVI.”

Noncommercial drivers age 21 and older are considered legally drunk when their blood alcohol level is 0.08 or more, according to the Ohio Revised Code.

Because Tamas’ blood alcohol concentration was so high, the offense is considered a “Super OVI,” or “high tier” offense, which can carry additional penalties, the ORC reveals.

Tamas faces the OVI charge and failure to control his vehicle, police reports show.