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Officer stopped by OSHP is fired



Published: Tue, July 31, 2012 @ 12:05 a.m.

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By jeanne starmack

starmack@vindy.com

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The Struthers city administration has fired a police officer who is charged with drinking, then driving.

Officer Daniel Lamping, 34, who had been a full-time city police officer for seven years, was fired as of 4 p.m. Friday, said Mayor Terry Stocker.

Lamping was stopped at 11:14 p.m. July 16 on South Avenue in Boardman by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper who saw him driving without lights.

Lamping told the trooper he’d had two beers, documents on file in Mahoning County Court in Boardman indicate.

The trooper reported smelling “a strong odor” of alcohol when he walked up to the car, but Lamping refused field sobriety tests. He was arrested and taken to the OSHP post, where he refused to take a breath test.

Because of that refusal, Stocker said Monday that Lamping is uninsurable by the city’s insurance carrier.

“His license is in a suspension mode,” Stocker said Monday. “We have no other work for him here where he doesn’t need driving privileges.”

Stocker also said Lamping waived a disciplinary conference, which he had the right to do, so the city could not find a way to work out a different solution with him.

“What are we going to do with him?” Stocker said. “We tried to find a pathway, but he refused to participate.”

Lamping admitted drinking “far more than that which you told the trooper,” asserts a letter Stocker wrote to him. The letter is signed by Stocker and Safety- Service Director Ed Wildes.

Stocker said Lamping admitted having more than two drinks in an investigative interview administrators had with him in the days after his arrest. Stocker said that admission in the interview can’t be used against Lamping in his criminal case.

“It is undisputed that when pulled over, you told him that you worked for the city of Struthers,” the letter also reads. “No adequate explanation was offered for this statement, and I am left to surmise that this was an attempt to utilize your status to avoid the consequences of this action.”

“As a police officer, you are held to a higher standard,” the letter continues. “The public expects more and deserves more from someone to whom it has permitted the authority to arrest others and take away the liberty of its citizens.”

Lamping has the right through the police union to appeal his firing.

Lamping, whose phone number is not published, could not be reached to comment.

Officer Jason Murzda, who is president of the Struthers Fraternal Order of Police, the officers’ union, could not be reached Monday. Police Chief Tim Roddy also could not be reached.


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1southsidedave(4709 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Another DUI police officer, make an example...

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2CountryGirl51(169 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Some how this does not surprise me coming from the City of Struthers !! What does surprise me is that they didn't try to cover this up when it comes to the media ! Struthers does not like to be on the news, paper etc...

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3MrRight(28 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Hey Stocker, what happened to innocent until proven guilty? Also, you bring up suspended driving status and your insurance cant cover him. How cant the insurance cover him the dui isnt on his record yet because he hasn't gone to court! Which by the way he can go and win and get his driving status back. And I'm sure it wouldve stayed out of the news if a certain someone in the dept wouldnt have leaked it. Shame on you Stocker, I hop he goes to court, wins and then sues the sh$t out of struthers.

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4reckless(3 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Why is it when a Struthers officer threatens to kill his family, he gets to keep his job? I thought you couldn't carry a gun if you were charged with domestic violence? Struthers selectively punishes their employees. This is from June: http://www.vindy.com/news/2010/jun/17...

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