Saline Twp. acting police chief charged with OVI

Joshua Stewart, 31, of East Liverpool, was stopped by a trooper from the Lisbon post of the highway patrol on Y&O Road

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) —A Saline Township police officer who was serving as acting police chief pleaded not guilty to an OVI charge Friday following a traffic stop in St. Clair Township.

A judge set the bond for Joshua Stewart, 31, at $5,000 and scheduled a pre-trial hearing for April.

The Morning Journal reports that Stewart of East Liverpool, was stopped by a trooper from the Lisbon post of the highway patrol on Y&O Road at 1:47 a.m. after he failed to use a turn signal.

The trooper reported smelling alcohol coming from the vehicle, and when asked how much he had had to drink, Stewart reportedly said three Miller Lites.

According to a report, Stewart almost fell over as he was told to get out of the vehicle to take field sobriety tests, which he halted before completing. He refused to take a portable breath test at the scene of the traffic stop.

A breathalyzer registered a blood-alcohol level of .168, reports noted.

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