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.