Man faces felony charge for incident at BMV
A Richwood man was charged on July 4 for driving drunk, but it is what he allegedly did the next day that could land him in prison for years.
Michael J. Nibert Jr., 31, of 10549 Tawa Road, has been indicted by the Union County Grand Jury on one count of tampering with records.
Nibert was arrested on Independence Day following a crash. The Ohio State Highway Patrol cited Nibert, charging him with driving a vehicle intoxicated and failure to maintain assured clear distance ahead. According to court documents, Nibert refused to take a sobriety test and he is facing charges for that also. Nibert was convicted of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a drug of abuse in 2010. He served a 30-day jail sentence and his vehicle was immobilized.
Union County Prosecutor Dave Phillips said that once Nibert’s record was run, “his license was physically seized by the trooper.”
The next day, Nibert allegedly went to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and applied for a new license. Phillips said the paperwork from the previous day’s arrest had not yet been entered into the computer.
“He went in and said he had lost his license,” said Phillips. “He was issued a new license.”
As the trooper began to enter case information into the computer and research the defendant, he became suspicious when he noticed the date of issuance for the new license.
“He did some investigation and learned what happened,” Phillips said.
If convicted, Nibert could face as many as five years in prison on the tampering charge. Nibert could also face jail time for the traffic and alcohol charges.
Also indicted was:
– Kelly A. Campbell of 804 W. Patterson Avenue, Bellefontaine. Campbell is charged with one count of receiving stolen property stemming from an incident on July 6. If convicted, Campbell could face as many as 12 months in the Ohio Reformatory for Women.
– Paige Pollard, 29, of 110 Rockway Ave., Springfield. Pollard is charged with two counts of theft. According to court documents, between November and December 2016, Pollard allegedly stole a debit card from another woman, then allegedly used it to rack-up $6,300 in charges. If convicted, Pollard could face as many as 24 months in prison.
– Justin A. Davis, 31, of 280 Gay St., Plain City. Davis is charged with one count each of theft and receiving stolen property. According to court documents, between July and August 2016, Davis allegedly stole a compound bow, valued at more than $1,000.
If convicted on both charges, Davis could face as many as 24 months in prison.
– Timothy James Bernard, 26, of 98 Railroad St., Milford Center. Bernard is charged with four counts of theft and one count of identity fraud. According to court documents, between November 2016 and April 2017, Bernard allegedly stole three debit cards, along with cash, from a local woman. Bernard then allegedly used the woman’s identity to use the cards.
If convicted, Bernard could face as many as five and a half years in prison.
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