November 24, 2014

Mostly clear

Oberlin man who ran railroad crossing pleads no contest

Elyria Township firefighters put a neck brace on the 22-year-old driver whose car was hit by a train. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Elyria Township firefighters put a neck brace on Jeff Arndt after he ran a railroad crossing and was hit by a train. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — An Oberlin man has pleaded no contest to charges of failure to stop at a railroad crossing and driving under suspension for a February accident in which a train struck the car he was driving.

Jeff Arndt, 23, originally was charged with driving under the influence because police suspected he might have been on drugs at the time of the crash, but those charges were dropped, according to Elyria Municipal Court records.

Arndt, driving a 1998 Honda Civic, sped through the train crossing on West Ridge Road as the gates were coming down. A train struck the car, but Arndt, who told police he was running late for work, did not sustain serious injuries.

Arndt also pleaded no contest in an unrelated DUI case from January.

For both cases, he received fines totaling $800 and a 13-day jail sentence. Additional time in jail and fines were suspended.


  • golfingirl

    Train won…….. as it usually does.

  • Chan

    I thought your license are automatically suspended for drunk driving?

    • Razorback Twou

      Not for the first time, but if you have priors the cops can take your license on the spot and you can’t get it back until after court. If your found not guilty.