November 23, 2014

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Lorain officer pleads not guilty to DUI

LORAIN — A Lorain police officer who was pulled over during the week of Thanksgiving pleaded not guilty to drunken driving Tuesday in Lorain Municipal Court.

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.

Lorain Police Chief Cel Rivera told The Chronicle-Telegram on Monday that an internal investigation of Hite’s case is under way.