Serial OVI offender sentenced to 8 years

LEBANON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Warren County man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for committing his seventh OVI offense in the last 14 years.

Ralph Pottorf, Jr., 48, of Mason was found guilty Monday by a Warren County jury.

Judge James L. Flannery immediately imposed the maximum sentence allowed under Ohio law.

Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said Pottorf latest offense occurred Dec. 21, 2013 when he crashed into a fence along US 42 in Union Township. He abandoned his vehicle and started walking until he was picked up by a Warren county deputy. The deputy said Pottorf appeared to be intoxicated, but refused to submit to a breath test.

In handing down his sentence, Judge Flannery observed that Pottorf had expressed no remorse for the offense and would continue to drive intoxicated with no intention of obeying the law.

“Judge Flannery did the right thing in this case,” said Fornshell. “His sentence sends a message that our office, and the court itself, is serious about punishing serial OVI offenders.”

Pottorf has a lengthy criminal history, including several prior felonies, and has served multiple prior prison sentences, Fornshell said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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