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.