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State trooper accused of drunken driving

Published: Tue, July 9, 2013 @ 11:33 a.m.

State trooper accused of drunken driving


An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper was arrested Monday night, accused of driving under the influence on Mahoning Avenue in Austintown.

Trooper Jason Fantone, 36, of Austintown, was found sleeping in his vehicle outside of Buffalo Wild Wings. Police were informed that there was an intoxicated man by witnesses at the restaurant.

Workers at the restaurant told police Fantone was asked to leave after being served two beers and falling asleep on the counter.

When police arrived, they attempted to wake Fantone. Fantone had the keys in the ignition of the vehicle and left it running as he slept. Police said they had to shake Fantone in order to get him to wake up.

When asked how much he had to drink, after appearing visibly drunk, Fantone responded, “I am a trooper, just leave me alone,” according to a police report.

Fantone refused to take a sobriety test, and instead he spun around and told the police to arrest him, the report said.

His court date for the incident is June 10.


1gdog4766(1457 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Well that settles it. For those of you stupid and reckless enough to drink and drive you now know what to do. If a trooper caught in a DUI situation won't take the PBI you now know not to. Too bad for him he's not a auditor.

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21970mach1(1005 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago


Not the trooper's first rodeo.
Fantone for Auditor!

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3vinglass(226 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Quick!! Call "Magic Mike" Why is Fantone sleeping at Buffalo? Was Wendy's parking lot full??

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4pbr(2 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Will watch this case real close first at the browns game then in Austintown. Lets see how many strikes HE gets

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5westcomm11(23 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

I commend Austintown police for not showing this Trooper any favoritism ,they should have fired this jerk for the first arrest ,

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6DharmaCarriesU(2 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

This is news?? Who cares what people do with their days off, and why do we need to mention his profession? Will that cause us to judge him any differently?

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7DharmaCarriesU(2 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago


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8gdog4766(1457 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Dharma, meet YBR, YBR meet Dharma, Im sure you two will get along greatly. You seem to have a lot in common. The Tea Party called they want you as their king and queen.

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9123goz(535 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

I don't see the big stink here. Of course the car was running, everybody knows you don't leave kids, pets, or tired drunks in a car with the windows up.

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