5-Years For Richfield Man Who Injured Girlfriend in OVI Crash

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AKRON, Ohio — A judge in Akron sentenced a Richfield man to five-years in prison for a drunken crash that injured he and his girlfriend.

According to Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh, on Thursday Judge Tammy O’Brien sentenced James R. Klein, III, 29, to five-years in prison.

Klein was behind the wheel of his girlfriend’s car in August of last year when he crashed into a dead-end embankment, flipping the vehicle.

According to prosecutors, Klein took his girlfriend’s car keys and decided to drive himself home after a night of drinking at the Clearview in Richfield.

Prosecutors say that Klein’s girlfriend didn’t want to be stranded at the bar so she jumped in the car as Klein drove away.

Following the crash, Klein had to be cut out of the car. His girlfriend, who was found by EMS outside the car. She suffered serious injuries that required hospitalization and extensive therapy.

In June a jury found Klein guilty of aggravated vehicular assault, two counts of OVI and driving under suspension.

“This is Mr. Klein’s fourth OVI within the past six years. I am absolutely disgusted that he would continue to get behind the wheel after drinking, particularly after having already been convicted of multiple drunk-driving offenses,” said Bevan Walsh.

Klein’s license was also suspended for 15-years.