Former Montgomery County judicial candidate cited for OVI in Franklin

Kate Bowling.

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Kate Bowling.

A Dayton-area attorney who serves as an acting judge in Kettering Municipal Court is facing a charge of operating a vehicle under the influence in Franklin Municipal Court.

Kate Bowling, 36, of Centerville, was cited for OVI-refusal and for driving in marked lanes or continuous lines of traffic. She was arraigned on the charges and entered a not guilty plea on March 19. The court granted her a stay on an automatic license suspension for refusing to be tested for blood-alcohol content.

A pre-trial conference was held on March 29, and another is scheduled for April 23, according to Franklin court records.

In addition to her private law practice, Bowling is a visiting assistant professor in the finance department at Miami University’s Farmer School of Business in Oxford, according to the university’s website. Last November, Bowling was defeated for an open seat on the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

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According to Franklin police, Bowling was traveling west in the right lane on East Second Street/Ohio 73 when the car struck a curb just west of Poplar Street about 11:08 p.m. March 17. As the police cruiser initiated the traffic stop, Bowling’s vehicle struck the curb again west of Charles Street.

In his report, Sgt. Jon Woods said the vehicle came to a stop in the middle of the intersection of Skokiaan and Stadia drives.

As Woods approached Bowling, he said he could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on or about the vehicle, according to the report. He said the driver did not have her license and proof of insurance. She said she could give her name, phone number and other information.

During the conversation, Woods said her speech was “slurry.” She said she had not consumed alcohol even though Woods said her eyes were bloodshot and glassy.

Woods said Bowling was unsteady on her feet when she exited the vehicle, and he asked her to move to the rear of her vehicle. She declined to answer any more questions after Woods asked her where she had been.

Woods said he could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage or or about her person.

He said she agreed to submit to a series of field sobriety tests. As Woods attempted to initiate one test test, she moved her head, would not follow the pen with her eyes and would sway to the point of losing balance, the report said. Woods said he stopped the tests for her safety and placed her into custody.

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After Franklin dispatchers identified her as Kathryn Bowling, Woods asked her if police could park her vehicle. Police parked and locked her vehicle at the Cashland parking lot on East Second Street.

Woods said Bowling was taken to the Franklin police station, where she refused to take the blood alcohol content test. She was served her citations and court date, and a ride was called to take her home.

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