Man charged with OVI after vehicle hits Struthers baseball complex

Man smashes into Struthers baseball complex

STRUTHERS, Ohio (WYTV) – Police charged a Youngstown man with operating a vehicle while intoxicated after they said he drove his truck into the Struthers Baseball Complex early Tuesday.

Around four a.m. Tuesday, Struthers Police heard reports of a man driving his red truck erratically near the baseball fields. Police and organizers believe someone drove a vehicle through the complex’s gate, hit a sign and slammed into the building that houses power for the complex, then drove away.

Police arrested Robert Love, 60, saying that pieces of his truck and grill were left in the snow. Police said they pulled Love over in Poland, where he tested positive for a blood-alcohol level more than double the legal limit.

Struthers Police also said were able to identify the truck because of damage, as they found concrete stuck in the engine that matched that of the Struthers Baseball Complex.

“I do not think he knew where he was going, because you can see he left and we followed the tracks up into Poland,” Struthers Police Detective Emma Brenoel said.

“This has already been assessed to be a complete loss,” Struthers Baseball League President John Medvec said. “It’ll get replaced, re-built and hopefully in time for the beginning of the season coming up in April.”

Medvec said getting power back is a priority so the concession stands can be up and running, as they provide the revenue source for the baseball complex. Police said Love will have to pay for the damages.

Medvec said the league has used the basement of Holy Trinity Church to do signups in the past.

Love is due in court January 30.

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