Local village administrator charged with DUI

Cary Ashby • Sep 11, 2013 at 5:07 PM

The Plymouth village administrator was charged with driving under the influence and weaving in connection with a Greenwich traffic stop this weekend. Police said the suspect failed several field sobriety tests.

Billy A. Sexton, 49, of 3151 Baines Road, Plymouth, was stopped about 1:40 a.m. Sunday on New Street.

"The defendant was very cooperative, apologetic and well mannered during the traffic stop. Even after advising he would lose his job if convicted, he did not get agitated and accepted all responsibility," Greenwich Police Officer Aaron Smith said in his report.

Plymouth Mayor Tim Redden couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday.

Chief Steve Dorsey said he didn't know if Sexton had any prior DUI convictions or charges.

Police reported seeing Sexton drive "on top of the yellow double center line" while going southbound on New Street. Smith was on patrol driving in the same direction at the time.

"The vehicle crossed the center line twice and weaved over to the white line once, then returned to riding on top of the yellow line," said Smith, who activated his overhead lights to make a traffic stop.

When the officer approached the stopped vehicle and requested Sexton's driver's license, registration and proof of insurance, Smith said the driver wouldn't make eye contact with him.

"The driver and each passenger were smoking cigarettes. I asked the driver to please put his cigarette out. I stood closer to the window and could smell the strong odor of cigarettes and the smell of alcohol or an intoxicating liquor," Smith said in his report.

When the officer "asked if anyone had been drinking," Sexton reportedly said the passengers had been. The officer also said Sexton didn't answer him when asked if he had been drinking.

"I watched the driver's hands as he fumbled (and was) unable to open a sealed Ziploc sandwich-style bag containing his vehicle information. I then watched the driver fumble his fingers while he attempted to retrieve his driver license from his billfold," Smith said in his report.

The officer said it appeared Sexton was concentrating very hard at the task as he held the bag close to his eyes and wasn't able to "separate the bag or billfold liner to get his information."

Smith checked the suspect's eyes, which he reported were "glassy and his cheeks were red" and "his speech was slightly slurred."

Sexton, who said he was returning a visit with a family friend, agreed to submit to a field sobriety test.

The officer said he advised the suspect of his Miranda rights and when tested both of Sexton's eyes, which had "a lack of smooth pursuit."

Smith said he could "smell a strong odor of an intoxicating liquor or beer omitting from the defendant's breath and filling the cab of the cruiser" while he drove to the New London Police Department for a breath test.

Sexton's blood alcohol content level tested .137, police said. The legal limit for drivers in Ohio is .08.

Police released the suspect to a sober person, who picked him up at the New London police station.

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