Feld faces OVI charge

William Schertz

The Portage County Municipal Court has yet to set a trial date for Benjamin Feld, Undergraduate Student Senate senator for student Advancement, following his pre-trial yesterday afternoon.

Feld was charged with operating a vehicle under intoxication by the Ohio State Highway Patrol on Oct. 20. State troopers said Feld refused to take a breathalyzer test.

Feld said the charge would not affect his position in USS. He has no criminal record, only minor traffic violations.

Feld’s attorney Robert Walton said he has filed two motions to suppress evidence.

One of the motions filed states that the arresting trooper lacked probable cause to claim Feld was under the influence of alcohol. Walton wants any statements or actions Feld made after he was ordered out of his vehicle to be dismissed.

The other motion is to dismiss statements Feld made prior to the arrest, on the grounds he made them before being notified of his Miranda rights.

Ross Miltner, USS Executive Director, declined to comment on Feld’s charge. Donna Carlton, faculty adviser for USS, also declined to comment, citing the incident as a personal issue.

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