Lawyer in fatal DUI case wants evidence suppressed

Curtis Ward (Courtesy Butler County Sheriff's Office)
Curtis Ward (Courtesy Butler County Sheriff's Office)

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19)- The defense attorney for a Franklin man on trial for aggravated vehicular homicide wants evidence suppressed in the case.

38 year old Curtis Ward is on trial after police say he fatally struck 23-year-old Stacy Meormond, of Hamilton, on June 19th in Monroe.

Police say Ward told them he was headed home from a bar when he veered off the right side of the road and stuck Meormond who was working on his car which had broken down.

Police say Ward's blood alcohol level was 0.13, over the state's legal limit of 0.08.

Ward's attorney says the evidence obtained by police should be thrown out of court because they didn't have probable cause to arrest Ward.

The attorney says the individual who administered the field sobriety test was not certified to do so and the officer numerously did not follow proper procedure in administering the test.

Ward's attorney also says Ward's statements to police violated his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and his Sixth Amendment right to counsel.

A suppression hearing is scheduled for September 10th and Ward's jury trial is scheduled for October 25th.

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