- Associated Press - Saturday, December 19, 2015

FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio appeals court says the listed defendant in a drunken-driving case should get to withdraw a plea that was entered by a relative who impersonated him during the 2012 traffic stop and later in court.

Fengxiao Tao sought to withdraw the no-contest plea in Findlay Municipal Court after testimony confirmed the accused driver wasn’t him but his brother-in-law, who’d used his driver’s license. The court acknowledged that but denied the request. It concluded there wasn’t “manifest injustice” because Tao knew about but didn’t report the fraud, thereby participating in it.

Tao testified that he didn’t contact police because his brother-in-law said he’d handle the situation and get back his license.

The Courier (https://bit.ly/1Qxvvxv ) reports the appeals court reversed the lower court’s decision and returned the case for further proceedings.


Information from: The Courier, https://www.thecourier.com

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