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Man arrested after crashing car, firing shotgun in Tiffin

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Tiffin, Ohio — A Clyde man was arrested after allegedly crashing his car into a pole while driving under the influence, getting out of the car, and firing a shotgun early Saturday morning.

At 5:40 a.m. Saturday, the Tiffin Police Department received a call about a male who had crashed his car into a pole before firing a shotgun at the corner of Hunter St. and Riverside Dr.

The man, identified as 29-year-old Chad A. Dewald, of Clyde, then began walking towards police while holding the shotgun in his hand. Dewald was not listening to commands, according to a police report.

Dewald was eventually taken into custody by officers. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office was called in to provide assistance at the scene.

Sheriff’s office deputies found a dispatched shotgun shell about 10 to 15 feet from Dewald’s vehicle. There was one shell remaining in the shotgun, according to the report.

AEP was contacted regarding the damaged pole, which was found nearly two-to-three feet off the ground and nearly snapped in half, according to police.

Officers then contacted the Clyde Police Department to have them do a welfare check at Dewald’s residence in Clyde.

Clyde PD advised that they went to Dewald’s residence and found “nothing out of the ordinary” except for the door being open along with empty shell casings in the driveaway. No one was home at the time, according to the report.

Dewald was transported to Tiffin Mercy Hospital to be medically cleared before he was transported to the Seneca County Jail. He is facing charges of operating a vehicle impaired (OVI), discharging a firearm within city limits, and discharging a firearm while intoxicated.

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