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The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has agreed to take over the investigation into the May 26 traffic stop of Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino, and will present its findings to a grand jury if investigators believe criminal charges are warranted.
A spokeswoman for Mike DeWine’s office confirmed Tuesday afternoon the agency will review the case, as well as the outside review, of the way Mahoning County Sheriff’s employees handled the situation.
Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene already had requested an independent investigation by the Summit County Sheriff’s Department, which was released last week. Their investigation determined Sciortino should have been arrested for drunk driving, but his sheriff’s officer friend improperly decided instead to give the auditor a ride home.
Sciortino was stopped about 11:30 p.m. May 26 son U.S. Route 224 near Raccoon Road. Since no breath test was given at the time and Lt. T.J. Assion drove Sciortino home, charging him only with weaving across marked lanes while driving, Greene had said he will likely never be charged. Sciortino paid the $130 fine for the marked lanes violation.
Greene said last week that the FBI interviewed Sciortino, but he would not reveal why.