State Highway Patrol trooper drove drunk, police say

Driver tests at more than three times legal limit.
MCT Regional News
Feb 19, 2014

A State Highway Patrol trooper assigned to the motorcycle unit in Columbus was arrested in the Short North on Sunday evening and charged with driving while heavily intoxicated.

Jeremy Garner, 35, of the South Side, was arrested by a Columbus police officer while driving along Starr Avenue near N. High Street, according to court records.

Garner’s blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.27 percent, more than three times the 0.08 percent level at which a driver is presumed to be drunk in Ohio, officials said.

He also was charged with failure to control. Garner’s SUV struck two parked cars, and he tried to drive away, according to a crash report obtained by WBNS-TV (Channel 10).

Nicole Celebreeze, a Starr Avenue resident, told WBNS that she heard a “loud boom” outside and saw that her car had been hit. She said the man in the SUV tried to drive away but his wheel was turned sideways.

“He pretty much fell out of the automobile,” Celebreeze said. “He didn’t seem coherent. I doubt he remembered anything that occurred.”

Garner, who was off-duty and not driving a state vehicle, faces an internal investigation, said Lt. Anne Ralston, patrol spokeswoman. He is taking vacation days and has not returned to the job, she said.

Garner is scheduled to be arraigned on charges of drunken driving and failure to control on Friday in Franklin County Municipal Court.

Garner, a trooper since 2002, was convicted of drunken driving in 2007 in municipal court after he was caught driving 69 mph in a 35-mph zone in Grove City. He pleaded guilty to the drunken-driving charge, and two other charges — high-tier drunken driving and speeding — were dropped.

His blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.21 percent, but the results were thrown out because of a testing-machine problem. He served three days of a largely suspended jail sentence and received a six-month license suspension.

The patrol could not immediately find records yesterday to determine what discipline he received after the 2007 DUI conviction, Ralston said.

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By Randy Ludlow - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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Comments

truckin

n tried to get away????
WOW!.. must be a state cop thing. didn't Woodorkski try and get out of his mistake a year or so also..
sure he now has alot to lose, but so do soooo many who take the chance who aren't cops...
Think first is all i say.

nikki6279

Can't believe he was still allowed to be a cop after the first D.U.I. The thing that chaps my a$$ is... he is the same guy who can pull YOU over and give YOU a D.U.I ....

kURTje

All hail Trooper Dick Vitte.

J Cooper

I would say fire him but the union will claim he has an illness (alcoholism) and hence is a protected class with a disability.

morning coffee

My question is how many times has he done this and gotten away with it? Would bet he's been pulled over and given a warning or two before this happened.

sorryhog

If he had a CDL, he would not be able to drive and make a living.
Cops are supposed to set an example!

blackjack82

Just watch, the bar that FORCED him to drink will be shut down by the State Liquor Control.....guaranteed.

Lolreally

He shouldn't have a liscense or a gun.

WATCHED_1s

Bet he still had his gun with him and no charges on that were mentioned. He will get off with a slap on the hand just like most cops do. Real life "Training Day" lmao