Wyoming man arrested for driving ATV DUI

By John A. Ballentine

A Wyoming man was arrested on July 19, 2018, in Toulon, for driving an ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) on the streets while under the influence. He was also charged for aggravated driving while his license is revoked for a fourth violation, a Class 4 felony.

Paul Simon Cox, 47, of rural Wyoming, was additionally arrested for leaving the scene of an accident with injury and careless operation of an ATV.

According to court documentation, Cox drove a red Honda ATV at 213 East Greenwood Street, in Toulon, and entered the yard of Charles D. Slightom, Sr.’s at that location. Cox struck a grill that Slightom was standing next to with the ATV. The impact caused the grill to knock Slightom to the ground.

Cox continued and ran over a bicycle and exited the scene headed west. Stark County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Kelly located Cox at a residence on the corner of Elm Street and Clinton Street, in Toulon. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Cox appeared in Stark County Circuit Court on July 20 for a probable cause hearing, which was established. His bond was set at $100,000 and ordered to have no contact with Charles D. Slightom, Sr. or his family. Robert M. McBride was appointed Cox’s public defender.

On July 27, Cox appeared in Stark’s Circuit Court for a preliminary hearing. A written waiver of the preliminary hearing was submitted. Cox was arraigned on a companion charge of criminal damage to property and a DUI case.

McBride made an oral motion for a bond reduction to “substantially reduce” the $100,000 bond, or for a PR (personal recognizance) bond. A PR bond does not require cash be posted but states that a defendant will appear for a court date after being released from custody.

State’s Attorney James D. Owens argued that the $100,000 “was appropriate” in light of Cox’s conduct. Circuit Judge Steven A. Kouri reduced Cox’s bond to $50,000 with 10% to apply.

Cox has three prior driving while his license is revoked. He was convicted on December 18, 2009 twice and again on January 18, 2013 all in Stark County. Cox remains in custody at the Stark County Jail.

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