A man who was once referred to as the "Top OVI Cop" in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, is now in legal trouble after he was indicted for allegedly lying on the witness stand and on his police report after arresting a drunk driver. That's perjury, and he's now facing serious charges after the grand jury's ruling, which means there is cause for a trial.
That arrest, which happened back on April 6, 2018, saw him take a 22-year-old man into police custody. On top of the perjury charges, the officer is being charged with falsification and evidence tampering.
It appears that what the officer reported about the young man's field sobriety tests does not match up with a cellphone video that the man recorded of himself at the time. For instance, the officer claimed he raised his hands and slurred his words, but he did not do either of those things on the video that was then played in court.
Not only did the officer write it up that way in his report, but he then testified to it again during the case. Eventually, the OVI charges were dropped because of the video, and now the tables have turned.
"Such dishonesty stains the badge of all courageous police officers dedicated to protect and serve," wrote the judge.
This case shows why an OVI arrest is not always as much of an open-and-shut case as people assume. If you think that the officers should never have arrested you or even lied in order to do so, you absolutely need to know what legal defense options you have to protect yourself.