Barberton woman has been cited for license suspension more than 50 times

Posted at 3:43 PM, Sep 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-01 17:59:17-04

Police say Wanda Filing should have never been driving when she was found behind the wheel in a Canal Fulton parking lot earlier this week. 

That's because the 53-year-old woman had been previously cited 58 times for license suspension. Forty-seven of those citations are still active. 


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"I have never encountered anybody with that many suspensions," Officer Dennis Muntean told News 5. 

Police approached Filing in a school parking lot because she appeared "disheveled." 

That's when she began vomiting, telling police she was detoxing. 

"She said she was sick from coming off of heroin," said Officer Muntean.

When police checked her record, they found her suspensions and a warrant out of Summit County. 

"Unfortunately driving under suspension is a nonviolent misdemeanor and our jails are full of violent felonies, so they don't usually get jail time and usually it continues like in this case," Officer Muntean explained.

Police say it is one of the first drug-related calls they've had in Canal Fulton, when it comes to folks behind the wheel, but News 5 has learned this summer, drugged driving is becoming a bigger and bigger issue statewide.

News 5 also reported in May that more Ohioans are getting caught without a valid license than in years past.

Filing was cited this week, again, for driving with a suspended license and booked into the Summit County Jail.