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Boardman official faces charge of DUI


Published: Sat, September 3, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.


By DENISE DICK
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
STRUTHERS -- Boardman's administrator will return to municipal court in February to face a charge of driving under the influence.
Curt B. Seditz, 42, of Tamarisk Trail, Poland, appeared Friday morning before Judge James Lanzo of Struthers Municipal Court and pleaded innocent. Besides the DUI, Seditz, Boardman administrator since 1996, also was cited for driving in improper lanes.
He'll return to court Feb. 6.
Trustees are expected to consider the issue during executive session at a meeting Sept. 12. Seditz has taken vacation until then.
Seditz declined to comment after his arraignment.
A Poland village police officer stopped Seditz on state Route 170 around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday after Seditz's pickup truck nearly struck a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. A breath test administered at the Ohio Highway Patrol, Canfield Post, showed a blood-alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit.
Another Mahoning County official pleaded guilty and was convicted of driving under the influence Monday in Mahoning County Area Court, Boardman.
Mayor's license suspended
James Iudiciani Sr., 44, West Wood Street, Lowellville, that village's mayor, was fined $250 and ordered to pay court costs. His license was suspended for 180 days and he agreed to attend driving classes rather than spend three days in jail.
"I'd like to make a public apology," Iudiciani said Friday. "I made a poor decision by driving. I pleaded guilty to the ... charge and I'll pay the consequences."
A Boardman police officer stopped Iudiciani shortly before 2 a.m. Aug. 25 on U.S. Route 224 after seeing the sport utility vehicle Iudiciani was driving drift between lanes. He was stopped near the Poland Post Office.
According to a police report, the officer detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverages when he approached Iudiciani, whose eyes were red and glassy and his speech slurred.
The mayor initially told police that he was on his cell phone with his girlfriend and wasn't paying attention to how he was driving, the report said.
"On numerous occasions, Iudiciani advised officers that he was the mayor of Lowellville and asked if he could get a professional courtesy," according to a police report.
He said that he was coming from a Route 224 bar with a friend where he drank six to seven beers throughout the evening, that he probably shouldn't have been driving and that he made a bad decision, the report said.
Iudiciani refused to participate in field sobriety tests, saying he'd rather not take them, and was arrested.
He also refused to sign his Miranda rights form and wouldn't take a breath test.
He was released to a friend.


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