Logan County deputy gets charged with OVI

By Nicholas Walton Reporter Published:

BELLEFONTAINE (AP) -- A Logan County deputy was charged with driving under the influence this week following a two-vehicle crash in Bellefontaine.

On Tuesday, Sgt. Tony Robinson was pulling out from Saxon Drive onto South Main Street when a vehicle driven by Cris E. Coy, 50, of Huntsville, struck his vehicle on the driver's side. Robinson and Coy's passenger sustained possible injuries and both vehicles sustained disabling damage.

Bellefontaine police were dispatched to the crash at 9:32 p.m. Police reported that Robinson smelled of alcohol, admitted to consuming prior to driving and refused to take a sobriety test.

He also was cited for failure to yield because of the crash.

Because Robinson refused the test, his driver's license was suspended for one year, according to state law.

Logan County Sheriff Andrew J. Smith said Thursday that Robinson is on paid administrative leave pending a disciplinary hearing scheduled for next week.

An arraignment hearing was held Thursday in Bellefontaine Municipal Court, during which Robinson's attorney entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

Logan County Sheriff's Office Administrative Assistant Trina Kopus said Thursday there is no record of prior discipline in Robinson's discipline file.

Robinson, 54, began working full time with the Sheriff's Office in February 1992 and was promoted to sergeant in 2003. The Logan County Sheriff's Office website states he graduated from Riverside High School in 1978 and spent eight years with the Bellefontaine Police Department.

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