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SPD reserve officer fired after drunken driving charge

Emil Whitis • Oct 15, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Sandusky police administrators say they've fired a reserve officer who was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and failure to control.

Devin Phillips, 25, crashed his pickup into a utility pole at about 4 a.m. Sept. 18 on Cleveland Road, according to an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper's report. Phillips told troopers and firefighters that he crashed the truck after swerving to avoid a deer.

He was later taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center to be treated for injuries. A blood sample taken by hospital staff revealed his blood-alcohol content was 0.15 percent, well over the legal limit of 0.08 percent, the report said.

"It's a shame," Sandusky police Chief Jim Lang said. "He was a great officer.”

To read more about the crash and Phillips' short career with Sandusky police and other area law enforcement agencies, pick up a copy of Saturday's Register.

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