A police officer was recently arrested for a second time for driving under the influence. The officer was suspended from his duties after being arrested by the Ohio State Highway Patrol recently for alleged drunk driving. He also apparently refused to submit to a blood alcohol level test and was in the possession of a weapon while under the influence.

The man was off duty when the authorities responded to a call about someone sleeping in the parking lot of a local business. The man was found asleep in the driver’s seat. The vehicle’s engine was on. He apparently refused any alcohol tests and had a loaded gun in the vehicle. In 2018, the then police officer was found guilty of impaired driving despite pleading not guilty.

After the 2018 incident, the man was approved as fit for duty by a drug and alcohol certified medical expert. After that conviction, the man signed a last chance agreement with his employer. His future as a police officer with his current employer will be determined by administrative review.

The state of Ohio considers drunk driving a serious crime, especially after being convicted on a prior charge. The penalties for being convicted on such a charge can be severe, and second convictions come with a mandatory 10 days in jail minimum and a maximum term of six months. Those convicted may also be liable for a fine of between $300 and $1,500, and a driver’s license suspension of one to five years, so it is wise for anyone charged to speak with an Ohio attorney regarding their rights and on how to fight the charges.