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Deputies Arrest Underage Driver Found Passed out in Road on Moonshine in Ross County

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Ross County – On April 14, 2024, Deputies Dutcher and Tatman responded to a concerning call on US 50 in Londonderry, reporting a male found unconscious behind the wheel of a vehicle. Upon arrival, they discovered a running 2002 Chevy pickup truck, with a man identified as Alden Bartley slumped in the driver’s seat. Bartley exhibited signs of impairment, including glossy eyes and confusion about his whereabouts.

Further investigation revealed that Bartley had allegedly been drinking with a friend in Adelphi earlier in the day before becoming disoriented and ending up in his current predicament. However, residents at the location where Bartley was found denied recognizing him or his vehicle, indicating that he had driven onto the property without permission earlier that morning.

When approached by the deputies, Bartley agreed to undergo field sobriety tests, which he reportedly failed. These tests included the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, Walk and Turn, One Leg Stand, and Finger to Nose tests, all of which indicated impairment. Additionally, Bartley’s responses during questioning and his admission to consuming alcohol further substantiated the suspicion of impairment.

Subsequent testing at OSHP Post 71 headquarters revealed Bartley’s blood alcohol content (BAC) to be 0.177, well above the legal limit, especially considering his age of 19 years.

As a result of these findings, Bartley was arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI). He was released to a sober party after receiving his citation and court summons. Additionally, Bartley’s license was suspended, and he was informed of the mandatory court appearance.

The incident serves as a reminder of the dangers of impaired driving and underscores law enforcement’s commitment to ensuring public safety on the roads.