LISBON - A woman with multiple OVI convictions was sentenced to spend the next five years in the Marysville Correctional Center and had her license suspended for life by Judge Scott Washam on Friday.
Linda L. Endrizzi, 51, State Line Road, Negley, pleaded in November to two separate OVI incidents, one in 2012 and one in 2013. She also had a felony OVI conviction in 2009, which she reportedly was on probation for when the 2012 OVI occurred.
In both of the most recent charges, Endrizzi wrecked her vehicle while driving intoxicated. Court documents state on Sept. 27, 2012 she was southbound on state Route 267 when she went off the roadway, striking an embankment and overturning the vehicle. When tested following the accident her blood alcohol content tested at .206.
The next year, on March 29 she was westbound on Darlington Road in Middleton Township when she went off the road and struck a mailbox, utility box and tree before coming to rest in a yard. That time she tested a .212 blood alcohol level.
Endrizzi told Judge Scott Washam she now realizes all of her problems are alcohol related.
"It took the car accident to get me on the right medication," Endrizzi told Washam, adding she no longer wants to drink. "I'm just grateful I am not standing here for manslaughter."
Endrizzi said there have been times in her life when she wishes she had died in one of the accidents she had due to drinking.
"I've wasted 51 years God has given me," she said. "I've always been hating my life. I want to be healed. I want to be fixed. I don't like this kind of life and I'd rather be dead."
While her defense attorney Christopher Amato urged Washam to consider giving his client a minimum sentence and possible time in a treatment program after her jail time, Washam instead went with the five-year prison sentence and lifetime license suspension.
"I don't doubt you're sincere in your remorse," Washam said. "As an alcoholic you endanger yourself, but you couple that decision with picking up car keys and you pose a threat not only to yourself but to every other driver on the highway."