Man Faces His Sixth Drunken Driving Conviction

Mentor Police arrested Robert Schmitz early Sunday morning on suspicion of driving while drunk

Mentor Police arrested a man early Sunday morning who already has five convictions for driving while drunk and he is suspected of doing it again.

Robert Schmitz, 47, of Mentor-on-the-Lake, was pulled over while driving on the Center Street bridge.

The officer initially stopped him because he was speeding and swerving across the lane, Mentor Police Lt. Dan Molnar said.

The policeman said Schmitz's eyes were glassy and his words were slurred, Molnar said. Consequently, the officer asked Schmitz to take some field sobriety tests, which he failed.

Schmitz then refused to use a breathalyzer or take a blood test, Molnar said.

Police then arrested him and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, speeding and swerving over marked lanes.

He was arraigned Monday morning in . Judge John Trebets set his bond at $20,000, which was posted.

Schmitz's next court hearing is scheduled for Aug. 15.

CCRady August 07, 2012 at 02:06 PM
These stories make me sick. Thank goodness the police officer noticed his erratic driving and this guy didn't plow into an innocent family. I'm so tired of drunks thinking they can continually disobey the law/system. I say it all the time: WE (the public) don't want you driving on the streets with us while you're drunk. I hope the judge throws the book at this guy - because just like this - he'll be back out there on the streets and I don't want him driving next to me or my family!
Kathy Adult August 07, 2012 at 11:06 PM
He'll get a little slap, then be set free to kill someone the next time. won't get much jail time even after he does kill. Great system we have here isn't it?
Anne August 08, 2012 at 01:40 PM
you can make a difference. contact Judge John Trebets and let him know how strongly you feel about repeat drunk drivers being allowed to be free. next time he may end someones life in an accident. ladies -- you can make a difference!
Kathy Adult August 08, 2012 at 09:37 PM
I wish that were the case, but a judge can only sentence someone to the max that the state allows.
CCRady August 09, 2012 at 01:14 AM
The state needs to re-evaluate the law then, because the same people are continuing to 'laugh' at the system. Why can't we have a '3 strikes' policy for drunks and drug addicts with a mandatory 10 sentence for 3rd timers, or would that violate their constitutional rights? These drunks need to be taught a very hard lesson. JMO


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