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OSHP Trooper Charged With Second OVI

COLUMBUS (Chelsea Spears/Ben Garbarek) -- An Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper has been charged with drunk driving for the second time in his 14 years with the patrol.

Jeremy Garner was off duty when he was pulled over in his personal car and arrested by Columbus Police Sunday on Starr Avenue in the Short North.  Neighbors said he was visibly drunk and had hit several parked cars.

"You could tell something had happened," said neighbor Ben Hanson.  "There were a couple police cars here so it looked like it was serious.  Clearly somebody had hit some cars."

Garner now faces criminal charges. He's lost driving privileges and is on personal leave, pending an administrative review.

Ironically Garner used to work for the DUI Task Force out looking for drunk drivers.

This is Garner's second OVI offense. In 2007, he was also charged with drunk driving.  He struggled to maintain his balance in the dash cam video obtained by ABC 6.  He was eventually sentenced to two years probation, a $250 fine and his driver's license was suspended for six months.

No one answered the door at Garner's home when we went to get his side of the story.

He's scheduled to be arraigned in court on Friday.

 
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