Answer: Yes. You can be arrested on private property for OVI if the police have reasonable suspicion to believe you are operating a vehicle under the influence.
Ohio’s OVI law is broadly written prohibiting anyone from operating a vehicle in the state of Ohio if, at the time of operation, “the person is under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or a combination of them.” O.R.C. 4511.19.
There is no qualifier in the statute for private vs. public property.
Ohio DUI law does not distinguish between drunk driving on private property and drunk driving on public roadways. This means that the police can arrest you in a private business parking lot, on a golf course, or even in a private driveway for OVI.
If you have been arrested for OVI on private property, call our Columbus DUI attorneys to determine whether the police had reasonable suspicion to stop your vehicle and whether any other defenses might apply.