Saturday, January 26, 2008

Montgomery County Commissioner drives drunk!

The following comes from Dayton Daily
Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman was placed in a diversion program after her arrest on a drunken driving charge Saturday.Lieberman was pulled over at 3:04 a.m. by an Ohio Highway Patrol trooper after she was seen swerving on Interstate 70 near Englewood, according to Sgt. Jeff Bernard. She failed a field sobriety test and registered .131 on a breath test, he said. The legal limit is .08."The officer detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverage. Her eyes were glassy. She admitted to drinking two glasses of wine," Bernard said.Lieberman said she'd gone out with friends for dinner and to two bars after leaving a Dayton Development Coalition business meeting and reception on Friday night. She said she'd been driving about 25 minutes when she was pulled over."I deeply regret my lapse in judgment and I made an incredible mistake," said Lieberman, a Democrat who is seeking re-election this year. "I've taken full responsibility for my actions and it will never happen again."On Tuesday Lieberman entered a conditional guilty plea to a first degree misdemeanor charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, said Vandalia Municipal Court Judge Cindy Heck. Lieberman must complete a three-day, lock-down alcohol treatment program but will not go to jail or lose her license under the terms approved by Heck.
The charge will be dismissed if Lieberman completes the program and has no alcohol-related offenses for one year.

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