ELYRIA — A man with 10 previous drunken driving convictions — including three felonies in Lorain County — is facing the possibility of an 11th after being arrested for operating a vehicle impaired in Elyria on June 6.
Anthony Card, 42, whose last known address is in Jackson Township in Stark County, was arrested on fourth-degree felony charges of OVI and OVI refusal, along with misdemeanor charges of driving under suspension, failure to obey marked lanes and having a defective muffler.
Card is free on bond, according to Lorain County Jail records.
According to an Elyria police report, Card was driving a red 2005 Hyundai west on Clark Street approaching Park Place at 11:22 p.m. when an officer traveling behind him noticed a defective muffler that was “cracking very loud” as Card accelerated. Card also failed to keep in his lane prior to the officer stopping him.
Stopped and told of the traffic violations, Card smelled of alcohol, admitted drinking before driving and failed to produce his driver’s license though his wallet was in his right rear pocket, according to Elyria police. Police also confirmed two warrants out for his arrest and that his license was suspended, police said.
Taken to the Elyria police station for sobriety tests, Card failed all three and told an officer “You got me” while trying to shake the officer’s hand, according to Elyria police. He then refused to sign forms and refused to give a breath sample before being taken to Lorain County Jail.
According to Elyria police, Card’s prior drunken driving arrests and convictions include in Vermilion in 2017; Lorain County Common Pleas Court in 2016, 2011 and 1997; two priors in Elyria; one each in Oberlin and Lorain; one in Avon Lake in 1996; and a previous conviction as a juvenile in a 1994 case.
He also has prior felony convictions for forgery and identity theft, according to Lorain County Common Pleas Court records.