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Trooper pleads not guilty to OVI

Published: Wed, July 10, 2013 @ 9:18 a.m.

Trooper pleads not guilty to OVI


The Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper charged with operating a vehicle impaired did not show up to his arraignment Wednesday morning in Austintown. Instead, Jason Fantone mailed the court a plea of not guilty.

When his next court date will be is not known.

Fantone, 36, of Austintown was found sleeping in his car while it was running outside of Buffalo Wild Wings Monday evening. Fantone failed to take a sobriety test, but appeared to be drunk, according to police.

Workers at the restaurant told Austintown police that Fantone drank two beers and then began to fall asleep. Eventually, he was asked to leave the establishment.


1Constructor(105 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

If there is any equality and fairness under the law, the OSP will fire this idiot ASAP. He already got away with being drunk and disorderly at a Cleveland Browns game a couple years ago, and now this! Law enforcement is held to a higher standard than most of the general public, not to the lower standards that this guy serves.

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2bmanresident(597 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

It's a shame the Sheriff's department didn't respond then this guy would've been let off!

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3westcomm11(23 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Don't you know Ohio Troopers are perfect just ask one !!!

If they don't fire that jerk for good then there is something wrong .

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4YtownParent(322 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Too bad it wasn't in Youngstown. The officers would have just marked the call "unfounded", drove away, and then he would have succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning.

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