Beauchamp v. Petit

[Cite as Beauchamp v. Petit, 2018-Ohio-1164.] IN THE COURT OF APPEALS OF OHIO TENTH APPELLATE DISTRICT Dennis A. Beauchamp, : Appellant-Appellant, : v. : No. 17AP-591 (C.P.C. No. 16CV-4052) Don Petit, Registrar, : Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, (REGULAR CALENDAR) : Appellee-Appellee. : D E C I S I O N Rendered on March 29, 2018 On brief: E. Scott Shaw, for appellant. Argued: E. Scott Shaw. On brief: Michael DeWine, Attorney General, and Peter L. Jamison, for appellee. Argued: Brian R. Honen. APPEAL from the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas SADLER, J. {¶ 1} Appellant-appellant, Dennis A. Beauchamp, appeals from the judgment entry of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas affirming the final adjudication order of appellee-appellee, Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles ("Ohio BMV" or "appellee"), ordering the cancellation of appellant's driver's license pursuant to R.C. 4507.19. For the following reasons, we affirm the decision of the trial court. I. FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY {¶ 2} On November 5, 2015, appellee sent appellant a written notice of proposed cancellation of appellant's driver's license pursuant to R.C. 4507.19. After several continuances, a hearing on the matter was held on February 3, 2016. No. 17AP-591 2 {¶ 3} Appellant testified that "Dennis Alexis Beauchamp" is his full name and that he was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico to parents Olga Rodriguez and Dennis Beauchamp, who were "twenty-something" and about 31, respectively, when he was born. (Tr. at 13, 14.) According to appellant, he did not know if his mother worked or how many siblings or half-siblings he had. He was an abused child; he grew up away from his parents and did not have a close relationship with them. Appellant left Puerto Rico around the age of 15 when a family member, who he could not recall specifically, bought him a plane ticket and put him on a plane. {¶ 4} Appellant testified that once in the United States, he went to New York for a year or two, while travelling back and forth. Appellant ended up in Massachusetts, where he spent most of his time and held a driver's license. In 1996, when appellant was around 18 or 19, appellant was convicted of selling drugs and sentenced to approximately seven years in a Massachusetts prison. At that point, appellant says his parents "turned my back on me" and he does not "have much contact with them at all." (Tr. at 15.) After appellant was released from prison, appellant testified he lived with his friend, a DEA police officer, and detailed cars out of his house. Appellant then moved to Providence, Rhode Island and opened up a shop, but things did not go well and appellant moved back to New York. Appellant moved to Ohio after a friend who once lived here then told him about the potential to open a business in Ohio. {¶ 5} In Ohio, appellant has owned his own business for the past nine or ten years and currently has two businesses: a towing company ...

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