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Third DUI, Strangling Lead to Two Unrelated Felony Arrests for OPD

By Alyssa Schnugg
News editor

A man parking too close to the entrance of a convenience store was arrested recently on his third DUI charge.

Richard Ward

According to reports, at about 1:50 a.m. on Sept. 29, an officer of the Oxford Police Department stopped at the Chevron on the corner of University Avenue and South Lamar Boulevard where he saw a vehicle parked almost up against the doors of the business.

The clerk on duty told the officer that it wasn’t a parking space and that the car needed to move out of the way of customers trying to come in.

The officer walked over to the vehicle and talked to the driver, Richard Ward, 36, of Oxford who appeared to be under the influence. A DUI investigation was started. The officer learned that Ward had at least two prior DUI convictions.

Ward was arrested and charged with DUI-third offense, which is a felony. He was taken to the Lafayette County Detention Center where he was booked on a $10,000 bond.

On Sept. 30, OPD officers arrested Brian Dinnell, 26, of Oxford on a charge of domestic aggravated assault.

Brian Dinnell

According to reports, a victim reported that Dinnell had strangled her during a fight on Sept. 29.

Dinnell was taken to the Lafayette County Detention Center where he was booked on a $20,000 bond.


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