Fire chief remains on leave over crash

DUI charge dismissed; local official pleads guilty to failure to control.
Cary Ashby
Jun 10, 2013


A driving under the influence (DUI) charge has been dismissed against the Plymouth volunteer fire chief, who remains on paid administrative leave.

Richard G. Metzger, 44, of 183 W. Broadway St., Plymouth, has been on leave since Dec. 14.

Metzger pleaded guilty last month to failure to control for a Nov. 25 single-vehicle crash in Springfield Township. He entered his plea May 22, the same day the DUI was dismissed, according to Mansfield Municipal Court records.

The crash, investigated by the Mansfield post of the state Highway Patrol, happened at 2:12 a.m. Nov. 25 on Ohio 314.

Metzger was northbound when he went off the left side of the road and hit an electrical pole, Sgt. Jerry Botdorf said earlier.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee overturned and hit a tree. Troopers had the Jeep towed from the crash site with heavy overall damage.

The crash split an Ohio Edison pole, causing the top half of the pole and a transformer "to come crashing to the ground," troopers said in a report. Power was knocked out temporarily in the area.

Metzger was on his way home from The Den on Lexington Avenue.

The fire chief said he had three beers and was driving too fast when he hit the railroad tracks and lost control, according to the Mansfield News Journal.

Troopers brought Metzger to the Shelby Police Department, where he took a breath test. Botdorf said Metzger's blood alcohol content level tested at .144; the legal limit for drivers in Ohio is .08. Metzger, who had minor injuries, was released at the station to a sober driver.

Metzger declined to comment Monday.

Plymouth Mayor Tim Redden couldn't be reached for comment. He earlier said Metzger didn't inform him of the crash, but he had learned about it a few days later.

As of Nov. 30, Redden said he was waiting "for guidance" from Plymouth Law Director Jon Burton since the village was "at a standstill" about the matter.

Metzger has been the fire chief since Jan. 1, 2008. He also is a full-time firefighter for the Springfield Township Fire Department.



What a buncha BS. Anyone else would have had a OWI with a breath test of .144

Karma Watcher

What a joke.


Could you please ask the law director why the charges were dropped. If there are not mitigating circumstances there are real problems here. Why wouldn't you at least ask why the case was dismissed?


When did the definition of "volunteer" change?


99.9 percent of everyone charged with OVI for the first time can get that charge reduced to failure to control or reckless opp if they pay a lawyer to say the right words in court.


You are 100 percent wrong about 99.9 percent of everyone charged with OVI having the charges reduced.

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swiss cheese kat

A good attorney can do wonders.


Dude likes to party that's fo sho !


He should have to pay Edison's overtime !

funky.not a junkie

This is how our government and their minions run this country. It will never change unless we all take a stand. But there are way too many sheeple for that to happen. Good luck to all of us.

It's a Jeep thing

Wow. Ridiculous.


99.9% of first time OVI's are NOT reduced. That is simply not true. On the other hand, there may be a myriad of reasons for the dismissal. The paper should have inquired of the prosecutor for sure.

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swiss cheese kat

Many people think OVI cases are impossible to win. They think that it is useless and a waste of money to pay a lawyer to fight such cases.


Curtis, you're right. The paper actually has a story and doesn't realize it.


Firemen help hold another guy's big hose.

Rod Farva

I bet you like to watch...

Clark W. Griswald

No, he holds the big hose in his mouth.

Im just sayin

The dui charge has been dismissed. That's it? Where's "the rest of the story"?


The title article should read, "Fireman escapes the law because of who he is." I'm gonna go to The Den on Lexington Avenue, drink too much, then snap a pole off, knocking out power for many and see if I can get away with it. Anyone want to pay my lawyer fees?


Reflector how about a follow up on this case?


Hardly pdb. What luvblues said.