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August 15, 2013

Prison for habitual offender

A Centerville man took his criminal case to jury trial and walked away with one guilty and one not guilty verdict.

The jury’s verdict filed on June 12, 2013 found Rodney Eugene Campbell not guilty of operating while under the influence, third offense and guilty of driving a motor vehicle while license barred, habitual offender, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Campbell’s driver’s license was barred Sept. 5, 2012 for six years for being a habitual offender.

Campbell, 28, was sentenced July 31 by Judge Annette J. Scieszinski to two years in state prison and a fine for the charge of operating a motor vehicle while license barred, habitual offender.

According to the criminal complaint affidavit filed March 1, 2013 by a Centerville police officer, Campbell was stopped in the 400 block of North Haynes Avenue at 10:52 p.m. on Feb. 28. After a brief attempt to flee the pursuing officer, which included running a stop sign, the defendant was stopped at the intersection of Haynes Avenue and Van Buren Street.

The complaint states Campbell and a passenger then changed places. Campbell was arrested and transported to the Appanoose County Jail where he refused to provide a breath sample for chemical testing.

The complaint states Campbell has been convicted of drunken driving four times in Appanoose County — March 31, 2006, Dec. 15, 2006, June 29, 2007 and May 16, 2008 — and one time in Wayne County — July 31, 2012.

The court June 12 dismissed one count of operating while under the influence, third offense.

The offense date for both counts was Feb. 28, 2013.

Campbell owes Appanoose County $1,063.75.

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