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Salem cop enters not guilty plea to OVI charge

February 14, 2013

CANFIELD — The Salem police officer charged with operating a vehicle under the influence and marked lanes entered a plea of not guilty during arraignment Wednesday night in Mahoning County Court #5......

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KsBug79

Feb-14-13 8:46 AM

For all of you who are wondering why he isn't fired already, this is why. He's entitled to his day in court. What if he's found innocent? Then the city would have lawsuit on their hands for firing him without just cause. UNpaid administrative leave is the way they have to go until he is found guilty. And the reason for that is because his license was suspended and he can't perform his job duties. Whether you like it or not, this is still America and the laws of the land have to be followed, for everyone.

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Arca23

Feb-14-13 10:28 AM

Well said KS.

This guy screwed up bad, and yes should probably lose his job, but reading the comments on here the last few days...there sure are a lot of PERFECT people that post here.

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ladybug

Feb-14-13 10:30 AM

Yes he goofed up .But he's also human.

Of these other people are always ready to critize cause their perfect in their perfect little world

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Arca23

Feb-14-13 11:23 AM

Yes NS, you're correct...but I think the original poster was saying it is being handled correctly.

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Koolaid

Feb-14-13 4:16 PM

KsBug79 you are absolutely correct. The city has to protect their backside until the case is settled. In the the State of Ohio if you test .17% BAC or higher that is what they call the super level and there are harsher penalties. It also makes it harder to get a reduced charge. His attorney has his work cut out for him.

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Gemini

Feb-14-13 6:17 PM

He must have hired Congressman Tim Ryans attorney.

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WatchDog

Feb-15-13 5:38 AM

Awww no, don't even go there with the sympathy for him. He is a police officer who takes an oath to uphold the laws of this state. He is to held at a higher standard because they have to be. He let down his community for which he served. He let down his entire department. He brought shame to the Professional officers that he worked side by side with. Whether or not, he is found guilty or he manages to beat this charge. His credibility is gone. He blew public trust out of the ball park with this. He made his choice and like Chief Panezott stated..."he knew better". He didn't just fail himself with his choices, his choice affected others. He let down his fellow officers that go out there every single day to keep drunks off the streets to protect us. Don't even try to get me to sympathize with him. His choice, his consequences.

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concerned

Feb-15-13 6:08 AM

I think proper procedure is being followed. They have to go thru the proper legal process. What really bothers me about this is: He tested about three times the legal limit how could one plead not guilty. Is his defense the machine was not working properly or they tested him without his consent or perhaps someone forced him to drink against his will? I think his denial of being intoxicated while driving, when caught red hannded, says more about his character than the poor judgement he used to get behind the wheel in that condition. An honest man would have admitted he did wrong and faced the consequences. I really can't see how one can plead not guilty when they have the positive test results and he knew he had been drinking.

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sunshine72

Feb-15-13 8:48 AM

Riddle me this

He was apparently over the legal limit, which should be enough to convict. Now, if by chance it can also be proven the policeman did not follow procedure, what then? For example: no reason to pull over, didn't book properly, whatever.

That may also be why he pled not guilty. If he can prove a procedure wasn't follwed, then it doesn't (or does it?) matter (legally anyways)what the breathalizer read?

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sunshine72

Feb-15-13 8:57 AM

But I do agree with you concerned, and he should have admitted it.

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ladybug

Feb-15-13 9:36 AM

Maybe he bled not quilty in hopes his attorney can neg, a lessor offense ?

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concerned

Feb-15-13 10:20 AM

Because procedure may not have been followed properly, does not make someone any less guilty. Concerning a reduced charge, let's see one could go for a wreckless operation charge. That is still a major offense. If we are going to be tough on DUI's we ought to be tough on everyone. There is a big difference in a charge where you are barely over the legal limit and being 3 times the legal limit. Someone with that much alcohol in their system and they get behind the wheel, they should definitely get the maximum charge espacially someone that has taken an oath to uphold the law.

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ladybug

Feb-15-13 10:43 AM

This isn't about justifying what he did, It's about letting the process play out.

There alot of other people who commit more serious crime get off easy because they hire a high priced lawyer.

I'm quite sure he will pay heavily.

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