Ohio Hayride Operator Facing Drunk-Driving Charges

Ohio Hayride Operator Facing Drunk-Driving ChargesA man in Ohio was driving a farm tractor and pulling two straw-filled wagons late Sunday night. There were between sixty and eighty people on the wagons. He veered off the road and one of the wagons flipped, injuring twenty-eight people. Two of the people were seriously injured. The accident happened near Sandusky, Ohio. The driver, forty-seven year old Michael Hermes, was not injured in the crash. When asked, he refused to take a field sobriety test. He was arrested and booked into jail.

The driver is being charged with aggravated vehicular assault, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, failure to control, and open container. He is to appear in court on Tuesday.

Author’s personal opinion: Going on a hayride should be fun, not dangerous. It did not state if the passengers were adult, children, or a combination of both. If there were children on this hayride, can you just imagine their fear? They will not want to go on another hayride again. These people are just lucky that no one was killed.