A long-time Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper was arrested for drunken driving over the weekend in Huron.
Sgt. Tony Myers, 47, of the 1100 block of Billetter Drive in Huron, was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, according to a police report.
A Huron officer was patrolling Main Street around 3:30 a.m. Sunday when he came across a parked car in the Shell gas station parking lot.
Inside, the officer noticed a driver and passenger slumped over, with the driver — later identified as Myers —hanging partially outside the open door, the report said.
As the officer approached Myers on the driver's side of the vehicle, he also spotted a large amount of vomit inside and outside the car, as well as some on the pavement.
Another Huron officer soon arrived to help, and the officials noted Myers had heavy signs of intoxication — he smelled of alcohol, slurred his words and was unsteady on his feet, the report said.
Myers told the officer that he and his girlfriend — his passenger — had been at Main Street Tavern that night, the report said.
The trooper went on to say he then decided to drive home.
The tavern and gas station are a short distance apart from one another on Main Street, with a set of railroad tracks in between.
“Myers stated that he had left Main Street (Tavern) and then realized he was too intoxicated to drive, forcing him to stop in the parking lot of the Main Street Shell,” the officer's report stated.
“You've got me for physical control, but you didn't see me drive,” Myers told the officer, referring to a lesser criminal offense than the one he was ultimately charged with.
The officer asked Myers to submit to field sobriety tests, a field breath test, and a breath test back at the Huron police station — Myers refused them all, the report said.
Myers was cited for operating a vehicle under the influence, then released to a relative.
Myers has been a trooper since 1990 — his arrest came just short of his 25-year mark, Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Vincent Shirey said Tuesday afternoon.
Though Myers appeared at Huron Municipal Court Tuesday morning for an initial appearance, Shirey said Myers' employment status with the Patrol is still to be determined.
According to Shirey, Myers is currently using either vacation or personal days, and no administrative action has yet been taken against him.
“We'll start that (process) once he appears in court. Once we get the results back, we'll move forward with the case,” Shirey said.
Myers has been employed at several local Patrol posts: Swanton, Milan, Sandusky, and he currently works in Norwalk, Shirey said.
Note: This story has been modified to remove an update for further reporting.