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Man Sentenced To 6 Months In Jail For Driving Drunk With Child In The Car

Acting Judge Jeffrey McGaffick gave Ronald Anderson the maximum possible punishment

Ronald Anderson received the longest possible jail sentence he could get for driving while drunk.

Anderson, 38, of Painesville, was sentenced Monday morning to spend six months in Lake County Jail for driving drunk with a 5-year-old in the car.

Mentor Municipal Court Acting Judge Jeffrey McGaffick also sentenced Anderson to three years of probation and ordered him to participate in the jail treatment program.

Anderson pleaded no contest to the charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated in September. He was originally scheduled to be sentenced in November but didn't show up in court.

Consequently, the court issued a warrant for his arrest.

Anderson's attorney told McGaffick that Anderson did not come to his original sentencing date because he had just lost his job and was struggling with depression.

This is Anderson's fifth OVI conviction but his first in six years.

Mentor-on-the-Lake Police arrested Anderson in May.

An officer noticed his car as he was driving on Andrews Road and suspected Anderson might be drunk, according to police.

The officer stopped Anderson as he pulled into a parking spot on Buckeye Lane, and Anderson refused to take a breathalyzer test so he was arrested.

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