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Repeat Offender Accused Of Driving Drunk Again, Violating A Protection Order

A Lake County deputy helped arrest a man who faces his seventh drunken driving conviction

A Mentor-on-the-Lake man faces his seventh drunken driving conviction.

He's also accused of violating a protection order while on probation for violating a protection order.

Mentor Police arrested Francis Grenon, 39, Friday, with some help from a Lake County deputy.

Grenon had received a court order earlier that day, telling him not to go the house where his estranged wife lived on Tina Drive in Mentor or to drive the family van.

However, Grenon showed up at the house that evening and let himself inside, Mentor Police Lt. Tim Allen said.

While the wife was not home, her friend was and she told Grenon to leave, Allen said.

Grenon ignored her, took the keys to the family van and began to drive away in it.

The friend called another friend, Lake County Deputy Dan Bachnicki, to intercede, Grenon said. Bachnicki arrived as Grenon was getting out of the van again for an unknown reason.

Bachnicki restrained Grenon while Mentor Police arrived.

Police think Grenon was drunk while driving the van because his breath smelled of alcohol and he refused to take a breathalyzer test, Allen said. He also left an open beer in the van.

Grenon already has six prior drunken driving convictions.

While arresting him, officers noticed that Grenon was wearing a GPS anklet. He is on house arrest, as well as probation for a previous conviction of violating a protection order.

Police charged him with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, violating a protection order, driving under suspension, not having a driver's license and having an open container in the van.

Judge John Trebets set Grenon's bond at $41,000 when he arraigned him Tuesday. Grenon did not post bond.

His next court hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

Cari Doran November 15, 2012 at 05:37 AM
Ok~ why did he get so many opportunities to hurt or kill someone? The man should be locked up!!!
Anne November 15, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Where in the world did Judge Trebets come up with a $41,000 bond amount? Keep him in jail. How about a $400,000 bond? Is Mentor lock up overcrowded? C'mon Judge Trebets. Do your job. Protect the people, not the criminals. Did we vote you in?
Tami November 15, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Yes should be locked up...he gets away with alot..I no first hand, hes my brother in law..what's it going take...
ellen November 17, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Please lock him away. He was my neighbor (thank goodness he's gone) and is trouble. And they aren't getting any kind of divorce, she lets him live with her and kicks him out when she gets fed up and then takes him back. Round and round they go. Hopefully she really will get rid of him for good this time. Wake up! kick him out for good before he kills you.
ellen November 17, 2012 at 01:41 AM
I also forgot to mention that this guy is a registered sex offender too. Look him up.
HappyKamper November 26, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Sick.... that bond needs to be MUCH higher,..... ridiculous
TT November 26, 2012 at 08:53 PM
my Question is what happened to the 3 strikes law??? This Dude should be doin LIFE already... I know him too well and NOT proud of it!! Sad to say But the best place for him to be is locked up...
ellen December 03, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Rumor has it his wife is planning on bailing him out this week and dropping restraining order. Feels sorry for him. Can be bailed out for $1000 and ankle monitored (Yeah, like that ever stopped anyone before). Sorry but he made his choices he needs to suffer his own consequences before someone else suffers a consequence such as death from his actions behind the wheel. How many parents won't have their children home this Christmas with them because of drunk drivers? They are the ones to feel sorry for.
Sue Martin December 11, 2012 at 12:53 PM
yes 3 strikes lock him up for good b4 he kills someone!!!!!!!
Sue Martin December 11, 2012 at 01:18 PM
on 12-10-12 another drunk crashes into house hurting 2 children ...What's it going to take to keep these guys in jail for 10 years or more...How can these judges sleep at night??? Throw away the keys ,b4 someone gets killed....PLEASE
MICHELLE GALEMMO May 17, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Hi Tami......Your poor sister. She needs Him like a HOLE IN THE HEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope she wakes up and smells the COFFEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The New neighbor SHE does NOT DESERVE IT......
MICHELLE GALEMMO May 17, 2013 at 07:02 PM
Hi Tami ...Your POOR Sister needs that CLOWN.............. LIKE A HOLE IN THE HEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I Hopes she WAKES UP AND SMELLS THE COFFEE!!!!!!!!!!! She doesn't Deserve it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! From your new Neighbor.........
ellen May 17, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Take it from a former neighbor, she won't unfortunately. And I feel for you as his new neighbor. Keep your valuables under lock and key, especially bikes. And get used to it, the clown won't be going anywhere permanently. He always comes back.
Brandon Baker (Editor) May 17, 2013 at 09:49 PM
No profanity, please. Thanks.

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