Man sentenced to time behind bars in OVI crash that injured Stow police officer

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AKRON, Ohio — Sentencing took place Tuesday afternoon before Summit County Common Pleas Judge Kelly McLaughlin for Stephen Eibel, 57, of Massillon.

Eibel pleaded guilty to a felony charge of aggravated vehicular assault after hitting a Stow police cruiser in a Route 8 construction zone this past May.

He could have received five years in prison for that charge alone.

Eibel also agreed to plead guilty to a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

His plea agreement shows it is his second OVI in the past ten years.

The judge sentenced Eibel to 30 months and 10 days behind bars, with credit for time served.  His driver’s license was suspended for seven years and he will have to pay an $850 fine.

The crash happened while Stow police officer Theodore Bell was assisting construction crews by marking lanes where the highway is reduced to two lanes.

Eibel crashed into the back of Bell’s cruiser, injuring the officer. Eibel apologized in court before the sentencing.

The area remains under construction with reduced lanes through at least late October.

Construction through the area north from Stow to Route 303 is expected to continue through July 2022.

Stow police say they continue to work with the Ohio State Highway Patrol to conduct enhanced enforcement there.

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