West Chester officer facing DUI pleads to reduced charge

A West Chester Twp. police officer pleaded guilty to reduced charges following an alcohol-related driving arrest.
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A West Chester Twp. police officer pleaded guilty to reduced charges following an alcohol-related driving arrest.

A West Chester Twp. police officer arrested by the Ohio State Highway Patrol last month has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and placed on probation.

Officer Marc Madama, 41, of Loveland, was charged with OVI and driving in marked lanes after troopers stopped him at 3:45 a.m. on Ohio 4 near Ross Road, according to court records. On Tuesday Madama entered the guilty plea to operating in willful or wanton disregard on a public highway (reckless operation) in Fairfield Municipal Court, according to Ed Roberts court administrator.

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Judge Joyce Campbell gave Madama 180 days in jail, suspended 177 days if he completes a four-day alcohol program and placed him on one-year probation. He was also given a $1,000 fine with $750 suspended. Roberts said it was Madama’s first OVI citation.

Campbell also stayed Madama’s automatic license suspension until the outcome of the case.

Madama told the arresting officer he was a “4” on a 10-point scale of intoxication, with one being “slightly buzzed” and 10 “very intoxicated.”

Madama told the trooper who stopped him he had three drinks while he was DJing at a nearby bar, according to a police report.

He submitted to a portable breathalyzer, and his blood-alcohol content was 0.166.

Township spokeswoman Barb Wilson said Madama has been on the force since 1999. Madama was placed on administrative duty after the arrest, and his status remains the same, she said today.

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