YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Mahoning County Auditor Mike Sciortino said he had a few drinks and was on allergy medication the night of May 26 when he was pulled over on U.S. Route 224 near Raccoon Road.
He said that evening changed many lives.
“The situation that developed is very unfortunate. I should not have been driving,” Sciortino said. “Some people were affected by it personally, professionally, and I think at this point the only thing I can do is apologize.”
Sciortino said the incident has not affected the work of the county auditor’s office.
Sgt. James Touville pulled Sciortino over May 26 and radioed police headquarters to say he was arresting Sciortino for drunken driving. Touville’s commanding officer, Maj. Jeff Allen, told Sciortino’s friend, Lt. T.J. Assion about the incident.
Assion came to the scene and talked Touville out of arresting Sciortino before driving Sciortino home that evening. No breath test was given.
After an Ohio Attorney General investigation, the County Auditor was charged with failure to control his vehicle and received a fine, which he paid. Touville was later suspended for three days without pay. Allen was given a 10-day suspension, and Assion was demoted to sergeant.
“That was pretty much a $20,000 pay cut that my commander took getting put back to sergeant,” said Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene.
“The decisions that you make not only affect you, but other people too,” Sciortino said. “The decisions that night that I made were wrong, it could have had a lot worse impact than it did.”
The focus now for the Sheriff and the Auditor is on the future, making sure that this does not happen again, and restoring reputation.
“Myself and my office is not going to tolerate that type of behavior, and if that behavior happens again, it will be dealt with very quickly,” Greene said.