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Cortland woman's OVI conviction goes to Ohio Supreme Court

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The Ohio Supreme Court today is scheduled to hear arguments in an OVI case involving a Cortland woman.

The Trumbull County Prosecutor's Office will ask the justices to overturn an appeals court decision that Danielle Martin was denied her right to a speedy trial.

Martin's car was pulled over on November 21, 2015, when a Bazetta Township Police Officer said Martin was swerving in and out of lanes and ran a red light.

Officers say they found an open, cold, partially full beer bottle in the back seat of her car.

Police at the time said Martin's eyes were glassy and her speech was slurred. Officers say a field sobriety test indicated several signs of intoxication.

According to the police report, Martin said, “You know I live in this township and I'm a voter, you can't arrest people who live in this town, only outsiders. I will not be voting for you guys after this. Why are you doing this? Why are you being so mean?'

Police filed several charges against Martin including operating a vehicle under the influence, no seat belt, failure to stop at a red light, reckless operation, a marked lanes violation, open container, and failure to comply.

After several delays in the case, Martin pleaded no contest to operating a vehicle while impaired, failure to comply, marked lanes violation, and a seat belt violation.

Martin appealed her conviction and was successful.

The prosecutor took the case to the Ohio Supreme Court which is being asked to decide if the calculation of a speedy-trial stops when a court agrees to delay a case, but fails to place the reason for that delay in the court record.

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