BY WALT SCHAEFER
The Cincinnati Enquirer
-- Charles A. Jodrey faces a preliminary hearing in Clermont County Municipal Court today on five felony counts of tampering with evidence.
Those charges result from Mr. Jodrey's alleged use of a fictitious driver's license bearing the name Daniel Murphy when arrested in Milford on Aug. 23 on a charge of driving under the influence, said Mark Tekulve, an assistant county prosecutor. The tampering with evidence charges relate to the phony license and documents Mr. Jodrey signed with Milford authorities as Daniel Murphy, Mr. Tekulve said Tuesday.
Assistant county prosecutor Daniel "Woody" Breyer said Mr. Jodrey's case may be taken to a Clermont County grand jury for indictment next week. He is being held in the Clermont County Jail in lieu of $702,000 cash bond.
Mr. Jodrey's alleged deception in August came to light after Miami Township police arrested him on a DUI charge Thanksgiving Day on Ohio 28. Police say he used the phony driver's license but was later identified by Clermont County Corrections Officer Rebecca Feldkamp. .
He was charged with driving under the influence, giving a
fictitious driver's license, driving under suspension, giving false information to a police officer and aggravated menacing.
Mr. Jodrey already had appeared in Milford Mayor's Court on the Aug. 23 DUI charge as Daniel Murphy and was sentenced to 10 days in jail, a three-day alcohol intervention program and fined $200. He was ordered to pay off the fine in $25 monthly installments, Mr. Tekulve said.
When arrested last week, court records show Mr. Jodrey was also wanted for failing to appear in Hamilton County Municipal Court on charges filed by Norwood police in 1997. >Norwood Police Chief Timothy Brown said Mr. Jodrey was arrested under his real name and charged with DUI, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, driving while under suspension and carrying a concealed weapon -- brass knuckles.
Court records show he has had at least eight DUI convictions, 11 DUI arrests and 34 other traffic convictions.
He was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 1984 and sentenced to 10 years in prison after a drunken-driving crash in which Martin Ackermann of Anderson Township was killed.