Ohio state trooper charged with OVI outside bar drops evidence fight

An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper facing OVI charges has dropped efforts to suppress evidence in his arrest.

David G. Shockey has voluntarily withdrawn his motion to stop evidence from being submitted in his arrest July 23 after a crash outside a West Carrollton bar, Miamisburg Municipal Court records show.

Attorneys for Shockey, 44, wanted to suppress the arrest and the defendant’s comments “for reasons the officer lacked reasonable suspicion upon which to stop, detain or arrest” him, a July 26 court motion states.

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The motion stated the arresting officer did not give Shockey a sobriety test or his Miranda warnings prior to being detained. The one-page document filed Dec. 9 to drop that request did not specify reasons for that action.

The 20-year trooper was cited for OVI, failure to control and hit-skip on private property in connection to the crash, West Carrollton police records show. His attorneys entered not guilty pleas, court records state.

A hearing had been scheduled in mid-November but did not go forward, according to the clerk of courts office. The clerk’s office said Judge Robert Rettich III has restricted online access to court records.

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Documents obtained by this news organization through public records request do not indicate that hearing has been rescheduled. Court records show Shockey waived his right to have the case heard “within the specified time period.”

Shockey was placed on leave without pay after the charges, the state patrol said. He was reinstated fewer than two weeks later after he was granted limited driving privileges by Rettich, court records show.

On July 23, police responded to Sparky’s Lounge off Ohio 725 around 2:45 p.m. after receiving the report of a crash. Witnesses told police Shockey had left the scene in his white Ford F-150 after he was accused of striking a maroon Jaguar, a report showed.

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Police investigated, saw an F-150 enter the parking lot and the truck had damage and “red/maroon transfer paint” on it, records show.

The driver of the pickup, later identified as Shockey, walked toward police with his shorts unbuttoned and unzipped, the report stated.

“There was a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage,” police wrote in the report. “Shockey’s speech was mumbled and slurred. His eyes were bloodshot and glassy. He was unsteady on his feet.”

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