Ohio: ‘Habitual’ Drunk Driver indicted on 4 charges

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On Monday, habitual drunk driver Robert Lee Ellis, 53, of Columbus, Ohio, was indicted on four charges.

Apparently, Mr. Ellis has 13 prior alcohol related convictions but has been arrested 16 times for driving under the influence. This time, he killed his wife, Bobbi Ellis, when he drove around a curve and struck a utility pole.

The charges include aggravated vehicular homicide, a first-degree felony, aggravated vehicular homicide, a second-degree felony, operating a vehicle under the influence, a third-degree felony, and another operating a vehicle under the influence, a third-degree felony, for being a repeat offender, according to a press release.

NBC 4:

At the time of the crash, Ellis’ BAC reached .185, more than twice Ohio’s legal limit. In total, his license had been suspended 36 times dating back to 1985. Neither he nor his wife had their seat belts on.

“While investigating this fatal traffic crash it was very clear to investigators that Mr. Ellis is one of the worst habitual repeat offenders of drunk driving we have seen,” the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “He has no regard for human life.”

NBC:

Ms. Ellis’ daughter, Bobbie Spencer, feared for her mother’s safety because Mr. Ellis drank all day long.

“I’m so happy he’s behind bars so he cannot put anyone else’s family through what he’s put us through,” Spencer said. “But it’s still never gonna take the pain away that he’s caused all of us.”

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