Copley man demands breath test, gets DUI charge

By Gina Mace
Special to the Beacon Journal

POSTED: 05:58 p.m. EDT, Apr 07, 2009

COPLEY TWP.: A 39-year-old Sugar Road man might have learned a valuable lesson over the weekend.

If police don't ask you to take a breath-alcohol test, don't offer.

Police first encountered Erik T. Salmons when they were called to Steak 'n Shake, 152 Flight Memorial Drive, around 5 p.m. Friday to investigate a complaint of an intoxicated, disorderly man who was annoying customers and employees.

In his report, Copley patrol officer Bruce Kaschner wrote that Salmons was belligerent, insisting that he was sober and could drive home in his truck.

Officers persuaded Salmons to take a cab, rather than risk being arrested for disorderly conduct or drunken driving.

Police put him in a cab headed for home. That should have been the end of the story.

Salmons wouldn't let it be.