Ryan P. Nofziger

The Ohio State Highway Patrol apprehended a Fulton County man Monday evening after a short pursuit on the Ohio Turnpike ended in a parking space at the Indian Meadow Service Plaza north of West Unity.

Ryan P. Nofziger, 54, of Wauseon, was arrested and charged with OVI, failure to comply, cocaine possession, two counts of child endangerment and a marked lanes violation.

“We got a 911 call for reckless operation on the turnpike at 9:11 p.m.,” Sgt. Ivan Nunez, of the patrol’s Swanton Post, said in a phone interview with The Bryan Times Tuesday morning. “When we caught up with him, the driver was swerving all over, 70-80 miles per hour, and drove off the roadway several times.

“He finally pulled into the Indian Meadow Service Plaza, right into a parking spot, and struck the curb,” Nunez said. “He was spewing all sorts of weird stuff about influential people he knew but at that point we didn’t really care.

“Drug use suspected with two kids in the vehicle,” Nunez added. “Just grateful nobody got hurt.”

Nofziger was taken to the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, where he remained as of Tuesday afternoon.

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