Campbell Mayor George Krinos pleaded innocent Friday morning in Columbiana County Municipal Court here to charges that he was driving drunk and speeding on state Route 11 near Columbiana earlier Friday.
Krinos told The Vindicator Friday evening he had “two drinks” at a party Thursday night with his wife and had left the party to help a longtime personal friend at the time he got pulled over.
“Not at any time did I feel impaired, nor would I have gotten behind the wheel if I had thought I was impaired,” said Krinos, 32, who has been mayor since December.
“I’d like for this to be a lesson to everyone that even two drinks can put you over the legal limit,” he said.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol Lisbon Post said a trooper pulled Krinos over for speeding at 3:58 a.m. near the Columbiana exit. His blood-alcohol measured 0.092, just above the legal limit of 0.08.
Sgt. David Zatvarnicky of the highway patrol said he did not know what speed Krinos was traveling, but high speed was the reason he was pulled over while traveling southbound in his 2001 Cadillac DeVille.
At Krinos’ arraignment Friday morning, Municipal Court Judge Carol Ann Robb set bond at $1,000, and Krinos was released without having to pay anything. He returns to court at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 7.
Judge Robb took Krinos’ license during the hearing and said Krinos will have limited driving privileges restored in 15 days. When he gets his license back, he will be restricted to driving to his home and job, the judge said.
Krinos said his license suspension will not prevent him from carrying out his duties as mayor or his other job with a financial planning company in Boardman. “This in no way defines my ability to act as mayor,” Krinos said.
Court records say Krinos will be also allowed to continue his education at a school in Grand Rapids, Mich.