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Warren man gets fifth DUI conviction

WARREN — A Second Street SW man convicted of four previous driving under the influence offenses, pleaded guilty to a fifth Thursday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

Gabriel Artis, 56, will be sentenced by Common Pleas Court Judge Ronald J. Rice after a background report is completed by the county’s Adult Probation Department. Prosecutors said Artis could face up to 18 months in prison as a repeat offender as well as potentially be given a lifetime driver’s license suspension.

As part of his guilty plea, Artis forfeited ownership of a 1995 Subaru that was involved in the case. Prosecutors said Warren police arrested Artis on Jan. 14 after he posted a 0.188 blood / alcohol content level. In Ohio, the legal limit for driving is 0.08.

Artis had previous OVI convictions in Mahoning County in 2012 and 2017 and in Girard Municipal Court in 2008 and 2015, court records show. At the request of his attorney, James Melfi, Rice reinstated Artis’ original bond with stipulations he be under electronically monitored house arrest and not go near a vehicle.

Staff reports

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