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Warren traffic officer faces OVI in multi-vehicle wreck



Published: Fri, October 29, 2010 @ 12:10 a.m.

Staff report

WARREN

Ben Harrell, the Warren police officer with primary responsibility for traffic crash investigation, was himself involved in a crash Wednesday night — and then charged by the Trumbull County Sheriff’s office.

Harrell will appear today in Warren Municipal Court on charges of operating a vehicle impaired, speeding and failure to maintain an assured clear distance, according to records at the sheriff’s office.

Harrell, 45, was off duty and traveling west on Youngstown Road near Kenmore Avenue at about 7:30 p.m., when his GMC Sierra pickup truck struck the rear of a stopped car driven by Jessica Dillworth of Warren. That caused a chain-reaction that involved three other vehicles.

All of the vehicles except Harrell’s was stopped in traffic at the time, a report states.

Dillworth was treated at St. Joseph Health Center. None of the occupants of the other vehicles required treatment.

Harrell consented to taking a test administered by a deputy with the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office that indicated Harrell’s blood-alcohol level was 0.207, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08.

OVI is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail.

When he was interviewed, Harrell told a deputy that he didn’t see the vehicle stopped in front of him.

Records in Warren Municipal Court show that Harrell is the officer who filed charges hundreds of times in recent years against people involved in traffic crashes in Warren.

Doug Franklin, Warren service director, said no formal action has been taken against Harrell as a result of the accident while it is under investigation.


Comments

1Nunya(1356 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Another of Warrens finest,..

This event speaks for itself and the keynote quotes are as follows --

1. Ben Harrell, the Warren police officer with primary responsibility for traffic crash investigation, was himself involved in a crash Wednesday night

2. His GMC Sierra pickup truck struck the rear of a stopped car. That caused a chain-reaction that involved three other vehicles.

3. Harrell’s blood-alcohol level was 0.207, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08.

4. When he was interviewed, Harrell told a deputy that he didn’t see the vehicle stopped in front of him.

5. Records in Warren Municipal Court show that Harrell is the officer who filed charges hundreds of times in recent years against people involved in traffic crashes in Warren.

6. Doug Franklin, Warren service director, said no formal action has been taken against Harrell as a result of the accident while it is under investigation.

Nothing redundantly tops that nor epitomizes Warren Ohio's representation of conduct by governance any more descriptively.

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2mrblue(969 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

All too often we see a person who is sworn to uphold the law--------break the law. All too often.

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3Handala(38 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

I am so shocked! I thought one had to display the ability to walk on water before getting to deal with social misfits on a daily basis.Hmm?

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4goman71(104 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

when i think the youngstown police dept is in bad shape, every 10 to 12 months the warren police dept is in the paper for something five times worse.who is in charge , roscoe p. coltrane!

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5What_the_Heck(34 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

"Records in Warren Municipal Court show that Harrell is the officer who filed charges hundreds of times in recent years against people involved in traffic crashes in Warren." His sentence and fines should be hundreds of times what everyone he busted had to pay. This is like letting a judge convicted of OVI pass judgement on people who are accused of OVI. You should not be in a position to enforce laws that you don't follow. Job and pension should all be gone when he gets out. You get a OVI with a CDL and they will throw the book at you, should be the same severe penalties for Police and all law enforcement, including judges.

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6Heartland(38 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

To "protect and serve" became to "ingest and swerve."

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