Driver convicted for 6th OVI offense sentenced to 30 months for crashing into Stow police officer

Driver convicted for 6th OVI offense sentenced to 30 months for crashing into Stow police officer

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - The driver who injured a Stow police officer after slamming into his cruiser in a construction zone faced a judge on Tuesday afternoon.

Stephen Eibel, who pleaded guilty in August to aggravated vehicular assault and OVI, was sentenced to 30 months and 10 days in prison.

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The crash happened on May 6 in a construction zone on northbound State Route 8 near the Steels Corners Road interchange.

According to crash investigators, Sgt. Theodore Bell was assisting construction crews in the left hand lane when his cruiser was hit by a Ford Fusion operated by Eibel.

Bell suffered a concussion and believes to have at least four herniated discs, which could require future surgery.

Despite his injuries, Sgt. Bell said he holds no grudge against Eibel.

This is Eibel’s sixth OVI conviction, according to the prosecutor.

In addition to the prison sentence, Eibel was ordered to pay an $850 fine and his license will be suspended for seven years.

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