A 39-year-old man supposedly headed out deer hunting in the middle of
the night instead landed in jail Sunday after driving drunk, then
kicking out the window of the squad car in an attempt to escape,
according to a criminal complaint filed Monday.
Travis W. Ebert, of N8802 Range Line Road in Cleveland, is charged
with third-offense operating while intoxicated, resisting an officer and
disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors. The charges carry a maximum
combined penalty of two years in jail.
According to the complaint:
A citizen contacted police about 2:30 a.m. Sunday to report Ebert had
been drinking heavily before driving away from a house in the Town of
The caller said Ebert stated he was going to pick up his 12-year-old son
and go deer hunting.
A sheriff’s deputy located Ebert’s car and pulled him over after
seeing the car cross the centerline. Ebert came to a stop in the middle
of the road. He then failed field sobriety tests and was taken into
custody, complaining that the deputy ruined his life and that he just
wanted to take his son hunting.
While driving away with Ebert, the sheriff’s deputy heard two thumps
and looked back to see Ebert had kicked out a rear window and was
attempting to climb out.
The deputy pulled over quickly, and Ebert then crawled out of the car
and attempted to roll into the ditch.
Ebert stopped when the deputy got out and suddenly began to kick and
flail his arms, claiming he was hurt. Paramedics were called to the
scene, but Ebert refused treatment on the scene and at the hospital.
Ebert also resisted attempts to draw blood as evidence of the drunken
driving and claimed to doctors that he had fallen out while the car was
traveling 65 mph.
Doctors noted he had no injuries consistent with that kind of fall.
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