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Pretrial set for East Liverpool man

EAST LIVERPOOL — A pretrial has been set at 1:30 p.m. June 9 for Robert Blystone, of Claibourne Street, on OVI and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle in East Liverpool Municipal Court. Blystone, while operating a pickup truck under the influence of outside substances, is accused of colliding with an East Liverpool police cruiser heading to a call on the city’s east end.

According to the police report, a city police officer was heading to a call at 4:45 p.m. May 16 to investigate a call of a suicidal juvenile near Putnam Street, when Blystone pulled out in front of his cruiser, which was running with emergency lights and sirens.

After Blystone pulled in front of the officer and was struck on the driver side rear cab of his pickup, he allegedly continued north on Price Street with the officer, who had to detour from his original call, in pursuit. Eventually Blystone exited his vehicle at the end of Price Street at gunpoint by the officer.

The police report notes that an empty 16-ounce bottle of beer fell onto the ground when Blystone exited the vehicle. He admitted to drinking one and exhibited red watery eyes and emitted the odor of alcoholic beverage from his person.

St. Clair police called the scene for backup and to conduct field sobriety tests.

While doing an inventory of his truck, seven more unopened 16-ounce beer bottles were recovered off the front seat.

Blystone was treated and released from East Liverpool City Hospital, where he was transported for treatment along with the city police officer.

No blood alcohol level is noted on the report, explained Police Chief John Lane, as Blystone refused to submit to a blood draw to test his level of alcohol.

In other court action Thursday, pretrials were set July 23 for Glen L. Ferry, of Campground Road, on a domestic violence charge and Shannon M. Johnson, of McDonald Street, on physical control, obstructing official business and possession of drug paraphernalia charges.

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