By Margie Wuebker
Two people were cited for operating vehicles under the influence after Celina Police spotted one car pushing another down the street following a hit-skip accident.
The mishap occurred at 12:43 a.m. Friday in the 600 block of North Sugar Street.
Tina M. Powell, 40, 6381Ú2 N. Sugar St., Celina, was driving northbound at a speed in excess of the posted limit, according to police reports. She lost control of her car, skidded 65 feet and struck the parked car of Tracey L. Adams, 440 Touvelle St., Lot 33, Celina, knocking it into the street lawn.
Sgt. Tom Wale, responding to several telephone reports of a crash, first saw the heavily damaged Adams car and then observed Powell's car being pushed from the scene by another vehicle. The driver of that vehicle was later determined to be Nathan Kidder, 25, also of 6381Ú2 N. Sugar St.
Wale pulled behind the two cars and activated the cruiser's siren as well as emergency lights. The drivers reportedly continued another 50 feet before stopping. Powell, who told authorities she had been celebrating her daughter's birthday, complained of injury. She was transported by ambulance to Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater, where she was treated then released.
Both vehicles in the accident sustained heavy damage and were towed from the scene.
In addition to OVI, Powell was charged with failure to control, no seat belt and leaving the scene of an accident. She appeared Monday in Celina Municipal Court and pleaded guilty to all but the latter charge, which was dismissed.
Judge James Scheer sentenced her to three days in jail or three days alcohol school, a $350 fine and a six-month operator's license suspension. She also received a $30 fine on the seat belt charge.
Kidder also appeared in court Monday and pleaded not guilty to OVI and no operator's license. A pretrial is set for Feb. 13 in his case.