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Driver cited for OVI

Cortland driver accused of hitting OSP cruiser says he was reading an email

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Jason Wood - Booking photo from 2000 Jason Wood - Booking photo from 2000
HOWLAND TWP., Ohio -

A Cortland man who told Ohio State Troopers he was reading a message on his phone before rear-ending one of their patrol cruisers has been cited for operating a vehicle under the influence.

According to a media release from the patrol, a trooper had pulled a car over on North Road in Howland Township at around 1:30 am Sunday when an SUV being driven by year 41-year-old Jason Wood crashed into the back of the OSP cruiser.

The trooper was standing outside of the cruiser at the time. Neither he nor Wood were injured.

Wood told the trooper he was reading an email on his phone at the time and didn’t see the cruiser, which had its overhead lights flashing when the crash occurred.

According to the patrol, a breathalyzer test showed Wood had a blood alcohol content of .231 which is nearly three times the impairment limit of .08.

Wood has been cited for OVI, failing to wear a seatbelt and failing to maintain assured clear distance.

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