Toledo police officer charged with OVI, child endangering, put on desk duty

Toledo police officer charged with OVI, child endangering, put on desk duty

PERRYSBURG, OH (Toledo News Now) - A Toledo Police officer has been accused of driving under the influence with his kids in the car.

Jeffery D. Lepiarz, a Toledo police officer, was charged with misdemeanor charges of operating a vehicle under the influence, child endangering and failure to assure clear distance on March 12 in Perrysburg.

Toledo Police say Lepiarz has been placed on desk duty after his driving privileges were revoked by a judge.

He was pulled over on I-75 near Perrysburg Township by Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP). The ticket states the trooper smelled alcohol on Lepiarz's breath and noticed his eyes were glassy.

But OSHP says while they do see child endangering cases like this, they don't put up with it.

"We take a zero-tolerance stance to child endangerment, especially when it involves an OVI arrest," said Lt. Jerrod Savidge. "The reason that we take such a strong stance on this is that we get to see the aftermath, with the crashes, with the pursuits, with people when they have children in the car."

Lepiarz is due back in court on April 9 for a pretrial hearing.

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