Wednesday, August 04, 1999

$70,000 bail stands on 14th DUI charge

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BATAVIA — Olden Arnold faces not only his 14th DUI charge, but two legal Catch-22s that might keep him in jail indefinitely.

        The 44-year-old Miami Township, Clermont County, man can't get out of jail until he posts bond of $70,000, but he said Tuesday he can't post bond until he gets out of jail and gets some money.

        And, he told Magistrate Victor Haddad of Clermont County Municipal Court, he doesn't have an attorney because he doesn't have the money to pay one, but he has too much money to qualify for a public defender.

        The only solution, Mr. Arnold said, was a bond reduction, which the magistrate rejected, citing Mr. Arnold's extensive history of drunken driving.

        With that, Mr. Arnold shrugged, waived his right to an attorney and requested the case go right to trial. A date will be set in the next 10 days.

        Mr. Arnold, who pleaded not guilty, has been in Clermont County Jail since his arrest Wednesday. Police say he pulled out of a convenience store parking lot on Ohio 727 in Wayne Township, near Stonelick Lake State Park, and collided with an oncoming car.

        Mr. Arnold allegedly told the other driver, who wasn't injured, that he would take care of damages, but when the man went into the store to call police, Mr. Arnold fled on foot.

        Mr. Arnold's history of driving under the influence includes convictions in each of 1990, 1989, 1986, 1985, 1983, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978 and 1976, and two in 1977.

        He faces three days to six months in jail, a fine up to $1,000 and a license suspension if convicted of DUI.

        He also is charged with driving under leaving the scene of an accident, failure to yield and using a license plate from the vehicle's former owner. Total fines could reach $3,350.


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