SOLON -- Solon police find a damaged Chevy Blazer missing a front tire in the high-speed lane of U.S. 422 westbound near Liberty Road about 12:30 p.m. Saturday but couldn't find the driver.
According to the police report, police responded to the area of U.S. 422 westbound near Liberty Road for a vehicle crash.
Upon arrival,officers discovered a disabled blue Chevy Blazer in the high-speed lane which had heavy front-end damage and was missing its right front tire.
Police looked around and did not see a driver.
Police found a partially filled bottle of 750 ml Salignac Cognac lying on the driver's side floorboard.
Police called Glenwillow Police to ask for help from their police K-9 for tracking.
Prior to the arrival of the K-9, officers located a man lying on the freeway embankment approximately 1/10th of a mile away.
The man, who appeared highly intoxicated, was identified as Harvey Caffey, 38, of Euclid.
Caffey told police he was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the crash.
But while officers were questioning him, his girlfriend showed up and told them that he had called her and told her he needed a ride off the freeway because he had totaled the Blazer.
Harvey failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest.
During a pat-down search of Caffey, the ignition key to the Blazer was located in his right pants pocket.
He was taken to the Solon Jail where he refused a Breathalyzer test.
Because he had four prior OVI convictions in the past six years, he was charged with felony OVI as well as failure to control and driving with a suspended license.
He appeared by video arraignment and his case was transferred to Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.