BOARDMAN Official pleads no contest to DUI
The administrator's license has been suspended for six months.
By DENISE DICK
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
STRUTHERS -- Boardman's administrator has pleaded no contest and been convicted of a charge of driving under the influence.
Curt B. Seditz, 42, of Tamarisk Trail, Poland, changed his plea Wednesday in Struthers Municipal Court. He had pleaded innocent to the charge last week, and a court date had been set for February.
Judge James Lanzo convicted Seditz, administrator since 1996, and ordered him to pay a $350 fine and $79 in court costs. Seditz will attend a driving school in lieu of jail time. His driver's license was suspended for six months.
A citation for driving in improper lanes was dismissed.
Seditz, who has been on vacation since his arrest last week, couldn't be reached. The township's deputy administrator has been handling day-to-day duties of the job since last week.
Township trustees are expected to consider the issue during executive session at a meeting Monday. Trustees have declined to discuss it until after that meeting.
A Poland village police officer stopped Seditz on state Route 170 the evening of Aug. 31 after the pickup truck he was driving nearly struck a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction.
A breath test administered at the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Canfield Post, showed a blood-alcohol level at more than twice the legal limit.
In February 2000, Seditz was charged with DUI, failure to control and driving with an expired license when the township car he was driving left the road, struck a utility pole and rolled onto its side. The charges were reduced to reckless operation when it emerged in court testimony that a blood sample taken from Seditz couldn't be accounted for over a 20-hour period at the Ohio State Highway Patrol crime lab in Columbus.