September 19, 2014

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Lorain police officer charged with drunken driving


LORAIN — Police officer Todd Hite is due in Lorain Municipal Court on Tuesday after being charged with drunken driving.

Hite was one of 12 drivers arrested by troopers from the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Elyria post between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday during drunken driving deterrence patrols. Trooper Clifton Dowell stopped Hite on Broadway at 12:23 a.m. Thursday for driving 38 mph in a 25 mph zone, according to, Lt. Anne Ralston, a patrol spokeswoman in Columbus.

Ralston said Dowell smelled alcohol on Hite and asked him to take a field sobriety test. Hite refused to take the test and also refused to take a urine test.

Ralston said police have the option of asking suspected drunken drivers of taking a blood, Breathalyzer, or urine test. Refusal triggers an automatic one-year driver’s license suspension.

Hite, who joined the department in October of last year, didn’t return a call Monday evening.

– See Tuesday’s Chronicle-Telegram for the full story.