Wakeman officer fined for OVI

A part-time Wakeman police officer was ordered to pay a $750 fine after he pleaded no contest to driving under the influence while off duty.
Annie Zelm
Jun 4, 2011

A part-time Wakeman police officer was ordered to pay a $750 fine after he pleaded no contest to driving under the influence while off duty.

Norwalk Municipal Court Judge John Ridge also sentenced Paul Papai, 31, of Townsend Avenue, to three days in jail.The jail time was suspended, however, as long as Papai completes a three-day alcohol intervention program, standard treatment for a first-time offender, his attorney said.

His driver's license will be suspended until Sept. 13, although he'll be permitted to drive to and from work.The judge ordered a 180-day license suspension, but gave him credit for the suspension that's been in effect since his March 13 arrest.

It's not clear how the sentence impacts his status as an officer.

Comments

Erie County Resident

Driving to and from work does not encompass driving at work. Better not see Officer Happy Hour in a crusier.

And to the comment bashers, I am pro police. Just zero tolerance for DUI.

Faded Glory

Hmmmm let's reread the story and take note that Mr. Papai was a PART-TIME employee of the Wakeman Police Department.  So there is a good chance he has another job somewhere.  Although I don't condone driving under the influence of alcohol, the punishment should never be a permanent disqualification from DRIVING regardless of whether or not he is a police officer.  My guess is he is no longer employed by the PD and if so, his credibility will forever be brought into question in court.  People who drink and drive should not be police officers anyhow.