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.