Mansfield, OH – Police say that on the night of Jan. 31, Paul Lovely, 44, swerved off the road, over-corrected, and ended up hitting a tree while intoxicated.
“At that point he got out of the vehicle, and – with a bottle of whiskey in his hand – walked east to Lexington Avenue and waited for the light to turn green,” Mansfield police Officer Korey Kaufman said.
“The light turned green and he just came out of nowhere,” Jordan Eagleston, the driver of the first vehicle to hit Lovely, said. “I don’t know why he would try to cross the road then.”
Police reports say that the impact from Eagleston’s car sent Lovely airborne. He landed in the street. Lovely was then struck by a second vehicle while laying on the ground.
“When we found him, he had a bottle of liquor laying next to him in the road,” Police Sgt. Ken Carroll said.
Lovely was transported to a local hospital with injuries. He was initially listed as being in stable condition.
“It’s amazing that he survived,” said Officer Kaufman. “Anyone else would have died.”
It is worth noting that Lovely was charged in December for DUI and driving while suspended. A warrant was issued for Lovely on Feb. 8 for this latest incident charging him with DUI, walking in the road while intoxicated, driving under suspension, and two more related offenses. There has been no update on his condition.Tags: Accident, driving under suspension, DUI, Ohio, Paul Lovely