Chief Arrested For Drunk Driving

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Bonnie M. Wells



Caldwell Chief Pleads Not Guilty

By Brad Bauer, bbauer@mariettatimes.com // February 6, 2009

Caldwell police Chief Brian Langley pleaded not guilty this week to drunken driving charges; however, a passenger in his truck at the time of the arrest has yet to appear on charges of possession of marijuana.

According to a statement of facts released Thursday by Cambridge Municipal Court, Langley, 38, of Caldwell, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.094 when he was pulled over by Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper M.E. Waddell around 3:20 a.m. Jan. 31 on Ohio 821 in Guernsey County.

The legal limit for driving in Ohio is 0.08 BAC.Waddell's report indicates Langley was stopped because his 1993 Toyota pickup truck did not have a front license plate and had a loud or defective exhaust.

"As I was talking to the driver, I noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage about his person, along with bloodshot glassy eyes," Waddell writes in his report.

"I asked Mr. Langley how much he had to drink and he stated two beers.

"Waddell says Langley failed field sobriety tests and was taken into custody.

After Langley was placed in the rear of the cruiser, Waddell says he went to speak with Langley's passenger, Kara S. Stillion, 21, of Byesville.

"As the passenger stepped out of the vehicle, she dropped a pack of cigarettes on the ground and didn't pick them up," Waddell says.

"I opened the pack and there were three marijuana roaches inside."

A search... revealed a pint of Fire Water in the glove box (of the truck) that was almost empty.

Langley, a 16-year veteran police officer, has been on a paid 60-day leave from the police department since December, according to the village clerk.

She said Langley told the village council he was seeking counseling and therapy for "personal problems."

It remains unclear how the arrest could affect his employment.

Village officials could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Stillion was charged with misdemeanor possession of drugs and is set to appear in Cambridge Municipal Court at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to the court's Web site.A trial date has yet to be set for Langley.

 


I don't know how the 'arrest' should 'affect his employment' but I certainly have no trouble deciding how a guilty verdict of the charges should affect his employment!

Caldwell should hire themselves a new police chief - preferably one that doesn't drink any kind of alcoholic beverages!

In my opinion, police officers should be non-drinkers and non-dopers.

Guess we'll have to wait and see how this one turns out, but I remember one cop who went to trial on some pretty serious charges, and how mid way through the trial the judge dismissed all charges and said we couldn't be charging our police officers with crimes!

No mention of the fact that a few years earlier a state trooper had been railroaded into prison by the very pack that sat in his court room that day.

Oh yeah, some remember ..... and always will.

Sincerely,

Bonnie




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