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Westerville: Bicyclist charged with OVI

A 36-year-old Westerville man was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated at 9:45 p.m. June 22 while riding his bicycle in the 300 block of South Otterbein Avenue.

According to Westerville police reports, a motorist called police to report she was following a bicyclist who seemed to be impaired.

The woman reported that the bicyclist ran a red light and was almost struck by a vehicle, before losing control of his bicycle and falling over in a lawn near Westerville South High School.

Police found the man sitting on the lawn with his bicycle next to him.

He was unable and unwilling to submit to any field sobriety tests, police said.

The man also was charged with possessing an open container of alcohol, because police found a sports-drink container that had been emptied of its contents and refilled with an alcoholic beverage, according to police reports.

The man was charged through Franklin County Municipal Court and released to a sober party, police said.

In other recent reports from the Westerville Division of Police:

* A 2002 dirt bike was stolen between 1 and 7 a.m. June 18 from the front lawn of a residence in the 200 block of North State Street. According to police, the dirt bike was unsecured and had a "for sale" sign placed on it.

* A woman was transported to Riverside Hospital with a leg injury following an accident at 12:50 p.m. June 18 at the corner of Polaris Parkway and Africa Road. According to reports, the woman was traveling west on Polaris Parkway as the traffic signal turned yellow. A woman driving east on Polaris Parkway attempted to turn left onto Africa Road, striking the injured woman's car.