Highway Patrol Reports 9-1

Joshua Elerick, 18, Ride Street, Leetonia, was traveling north on state Route 9 in Butler Township at 1:30 a.m. Saturday when he drove off the road, striking three trees. Elerick was flown to St. Elizabeth’s in Youngstown for injuries. While at St. E’s, Elerick reportedly admitted to having purchased and drank alcohol to keep him awake and also smoked marijuana earlier in the day. He was cited for failure to control and OVI.

A semi-truck owned by Berner Trucking, Dover, and driven by Vernon Burke Jr., 62, Dennison, was driving on state Route 39 in Yellow Creek Township at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday when Burke drove off the road, hitting a pole. Burke was cited for failure to control.

During an OVI checkpoint on state Route 45 in Perry Township at 8:25 p.m. Friday, Audrey Skidmore, 73, Duck Creek Road, Salem, drove into the rear of Wendy Stiffler, 54, Lexington Avenue, Salem, who had been stopped at the checkpoint. Skidmore was cited for assured clear distance.

Mary Leech, 39, Alliance, was driving on U.S. 62 when she was struck in the back by Desiree Masters, 18, South Johnson Road, Sebring. Masters was cited for failure to assure clear distance.