Youngstown City Council candidate charged with OVI while driving kids

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Adrian McDowell is running for a council seat in Youngstown's third ward

Youngstown olice said Adrian McDowell crashed into the back of a car and appeared to be overdosing

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Police charged a man running for Third Ward Council in Youngstown with OVI. He had three kids in the car when he crashed into another vehicle, according to a police report.

Police suspect 34-year-old Adrian McDowell was under the influence of drugs when he crashed into the back of another car around 5 a.m. Thursday on Woodford Avenue.

Police said when officers arrived, McDowell appeared to be experiencing an overdose. Police said children were in the car at the time of the crash.

Police said while attempting to identify McDowell, an officer found empty Suboxone packets in his pockets. He began to regain consciousness after crews gave him Narcan, an opioid-reversal drug, according to the report.

McDowell told police that he had a prescription for the Suboxone and admitted to also taking two Hydrocone pills prior to the crash, the report stated.

A blood test was taken to determine if he was under the influence of drugs.

Police said they found that McDowell had a warrant for his arrest for failure to appear in court on a felony drug charge. He was arrested and charged with failure to control, OVI and driving under suspension.

A family member came to pick up the kids.

McDowell is running as an independent against Democrat Samantha Turner for Youngstown’s third ward council seat.

Joyce Kale-Pesta, the Mahoning County Board of Elections director, said there’s nothing that would prohibit someone with felony charges from running, although they could be prohibited from taking office, if elected.

Records at the Mahoning County Board of Elections indicate that the man charged has the same birthdate and name as the man running for office. However, the address police listed on the police report and the one that McDowell provided to the Board of Elections are different and in different wards.

His booking photograph at the jail shows the same person who has made social media posts and public appearances promoting his candidacy.

McDowell is scheduled to appear in court at 10 a.m. Friday.

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