A jury is set to hear a former Struthers police officer’s OVI case
Jury trial is set for Struthers ex-cop
A former Struthers police officer who lost his job over an OVI charge is set to have a jury trial in October.
Daniel Lamping, 34, was a seven-year member of the Struthers police force when an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper stopped him July 16, 2012, on South Avenue in Boardman. He was driving without headlights, and the trooper smelled alcohol, say documents in Mahoning County Court in Boardman.
The city fired him July 27, 2012. Lamping appealed the firing through his police union to a state arbitrator, but that appeal was denied in January.
Lamping, who pleaded innocent at his arraignment last year, lost a motion to suppress evidence in the criminal case in October.
Because he refused a breath test the night of his arrest, he received an automatic license suspension of one year.
In an unusual move, the court postponed that suspension at his arraignment when he appealed a routine hearing that would have taken place there.
The assistant prosecutor on the case was expecting the automatic license suspension hearing to take place then at the October hearing, but when he asked Judge Joseph Houser to have it, Lamping’s attorney objected. Judge Houser sustained the objection.
The Boardman court said it has no record of the ALS ever taking place, and if one had, it would be in the court’s file.
Martin Hume, the assistant prosecutor in the case, could not be reached for comment.
The court said the trial will be at the end of October, but no specific date is set.