Man is charged in crash on Route 11

VIENNA — A man with a history of traffic offenses is facing charges after police said he was impaired when he crashed his car into a guardrail late Wednesday.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said a 2007 Cadillac CTS was headed north on state Route 11 near the split with state Route 82 when it drifted off the road and struck a guardrail at 11:46 p.m. When rescue crews and police arrived at the crash site, the vehicle was empty.

While police were still at the scene, a man called family members, saying he was hurt and lying in the woods nearby, according to a report from the patrol. Officers began searching the area for the man and eventually found him, noting in the report he had “significant” injuries.

The man, later identified as Raymond W. Warzala, 39, of Cortland, was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. Officers searched the area where he was found for additional occupants of the vehicle, but no one else was found, the report states.

The Cadillac sustained significant damage and was towed from the scene, the patrol said. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, which is still under investigation. He was charged with operating a vehicle while impaired, according to the patrol.

Vienna police and fire, the patrol and the Trumbull County Sherrif’s Office assisted at Wednesday night’s crash scene.

Court records show Warzala, who also goes by the alias Raymond Ferguson Jr., was arrested by Warren police in April 2005 on charges of  driving under the influence, speeding and driving under suspension. He was sentenced to probation.

In 2002, he was charged with no seatbelt and failure to control in two separate incidents. He was ordered to pay fines and costs for the latter charge, court records show. In 2003, he was charged with no seatbelt and in 2006, he was charged with driving under suspension.

In February 2010, Warzala was charged with improper passing and no driver’s license and in June that same year, he was charged with not having license plates.

In 2002, he was charged with domestic violence and a temporary protection order was issued to his wife, court records show. He pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct and was sentenced to one year of probation.

No information was available Thursday on Warzala’s condition, and he was not listed in the court computer or on the roster at the Trumbull County Jail.

mkosinski@tribtoday.com

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