Police officer Todd 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 increased traffic patrols for the holiday.
Hite was stopped on Broadway near Elyria Avenue at 12:23 a.m. Thursday for driving 38 mph in a 25-mph zone, according to Lt. Anne Ralston, a patrol spokeswoman. Ralston said Hite smelled like alcohol and was asked to take a sobriety test, but he refused that test as well as a urine test.
Hite was charged with driving under the influence. Ralston said police are looking into additional charges after the trooper found guns in Hite’s vehicle.
It’s a fourth-degree felony in Ohio to carry a loaded weapon while intoxicated.