West Chester police officer cited for alleged drunk driving

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Police officer Marc Madama charged with drunk driving.

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A West Chester Twp. police officer who was arrested by the Ohio State Highway Patrol this weekend allegedly told troopers he was a “four” on a 10-point scale of drunkenness, according to court records.

West Chester Police officer Marc Madama, 41, of Loveland, was charged with OVI and driving in marked lanes after troopers stopped him at 3:45 a.m. Sunday on Ohio 4 near Ross Road, according to court records.

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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.

During various field sobriety tests the trooper reported Madama “had a difficult time standing in the instructed position” and raised his arms for balance.

The trooper took Madama to the Hamilton Post, where he refused a second breathalyzer test. He was charged and summoned to court on March 14.

Madama was scheduled to be arraigned in the Fairfield court today, but his attorney Jeff Meadows asked for a continuance and a pretrial conference, which has been scheduled for March 29.

Madama has appealed his automatic license suspension and asked that the suspension be stayed.

Township spokeswoman Barb Wilson said Madama, who has been on the force since 1999, reported the arrest to his superiors.

“It was brought to the attention of command staff that Marc Madama was cited for OVI early Sunday morning,” she said. “He is on administrative duties until the matter is resolved.”

West Chester Twp. Trustee Board President Mark Welch said the township has a policy no one will speak on matters like this until things have been resolved.

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