FROM JUDGMENT ENTERED IN THE WAYNE COUNTY MUNICIPAL COURT
COUNTY OF WAYNE, OHIO CASE No. 2017 TR-C 006608.
PATRICK L. BROWN, Attorney at Law, for Appellant.
R. LUTZ, Prosecuting Attorney, and ANDREA D. UHLER, Assistant
Prosecuting Attorney, for Appellee.
DECISION AND JOURNAL ENTRY
A. SCHAFER JUDGE.
Defendant-Appellant, Christopher Goins, appeals the decision
of the Wayne County Municipal Court denying his motion to
suppress. We affirm.
On July 1, 2017, at approximately 1:35 a.m., the Wayne County
Communications Dispatch ("WCC") issued a dispatch
to Dispatcher Lloyd of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The WCC
dispatch informed Dispatcher Lloyd that a citizen informant
had called to report a possible intoxicated driver leaving
the Econo Lodge in Wayne County and heading toward the city
of Wooster in a green Ford truck. Dispatcher Lloyd relayed
this information to Trooper Ondick who was on patrol in the
area of the Econo Lodge. Trooper Ondick headed to the
location he believed he would find the truck. Upon observing
a green Ford F-150 in the vicinity, Trooper Ondick initiated
a traffic stop of the vehicle. Mr. Goins was identified as
the driver of the vehicle and was ultimately charged with
operating a vehicle under the influence in violation of R.C.
4511.19(A)(1)(a) and R.C. 4511.19(A)(1)(d). Mr. Goins entered
a plea of not guilty and the matter proceeded through the
Mr. Goins eventually filed a motion to suppress the evidence
obtained as a result of the traffic stop, alleging that
Trooper Ondick did not have reasonable suspicion to stop his
vehicle. Following a hearing, the trial court issued a
judgment entry determining that Trooper Ondick had reasonable
suspicion to stop Mr. Goins' vehicle and that the State
had sufficiently demonstrated that the facts precipitating
the dispatch justified a reasonable suspicion of criminal
activity validating a brief stop of Mr. Goins' vehicle.
Mr. Goins ultimately changed his plea to no contest. The
trial court accepted his plea, found him guilty, and
sentenced him to six months in jail and a ten-year license
suspension. Mr. Goins thereafter filed this timely appeal,
raising one assignment of error for our review.
trial court erred by denying Mr. Goins' motion to
suppress, as there was no reasonable suspicion to stop Mr.
In his sole assignment of error, Mr. Goins raises two
arguments. Mr. Goins' arguments include the
contention that the trial court erred when it denied his
motion to suppress evidence because the trial court erred
when it admitted the citizen informant's 9-1-1 call as
evidence. Mr. Goins also argues that that the trial court
erred when it denied his motion to suppress because (1)
neither Trooper Ondick nor Dispatcher Lloyd had sufficient
knowledge of the facts precipitating the stop; (2) the State
did not present sufficient evidence to sustain the trial
court's finding of reasonable suspicion; and (3) that
even if "there was reasonable suspicion to stop the
driver of the 'green Ford truck' described by the
Wayne County Sheriffs Office, Trooper Ondick did not have
reasonable suspicion that Mr. Goins' vehicle was the one
that he was actually dispatched to locate." We disagree
on all points.