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PIQUA — A Piqua police officer is on administrative leave after wrecking his patrol vehicle while he was allegedly under the influence of alcohol over the weekend.
Officer Justin W. Augustine, 38, of Troy, reportedly struck a a flat-bed semi-trailer loaded with concrete barriers used to separate lanes in road construction areas. The trailer had damage to a light fixture on the front right corner. Dick Lumpkin’s Towing towed the police cruiser from the scene.
Piqua Chief of Police Bruce Jamison released a statement on Monday regarding the incident, explaining that during the course of that supervisor’s investigation, reasonable suspicion was developed to charge that officer with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, according to Jamison. An internal investigation was commenced.
Lt. Byron observed “significant damage to the entire passenger side” of Augustine’s patrol vehicle, beginning at the front windshield and ending on the rear quarter panel. The windshield and both passenger side door windows were broken, according to police reports.
When Lt. Byron asked Augustine what happened, Augustine reportedly said again that he was trying to urinate. Augustine said that he was driving 20 mph during the incident. Augustine would also occasionally yell obscenities while he was being questioned.
An officer observed that Augustine’s eyes “were bloodshot and red and that his speech was slow and slurred,” according to police reports. A Four Loko Gold 14 percent alcohol per volume malt beer can was later located in the driver’s door of Augustine’s personal vehicle. An empty can of the same beverage was also found near the crash scene.
The Piqua Police Department attempted to have Augustine go to the Upper Valley Medical Center to undergo a drug and alcohol screen due to being in an accident with a city-owned vehicle, but he refused. Augustine reportedly admitted to drinking alcohol earlier in the day, but he refused all OVI tests and was placed under an Administrative License Suspension (ALS).
Augustine was eventually transported to UVMC for a Behavioral Health Assessment and to be medically cleared, but Augustine was not processed due to his condition.
A police report said he told the supervisor, Lt. Rick Byron, he damaged the cruiser when he stopped in the lot to go the bathroom. A crash report said the cruiser passenger side hit a flatbed semi-trailer parked in the lot, causing heavy damage to the police car.
"Officer Augustine walked me to the passenger side of his patrol vehicle, where I observed significant damage to the entire passenger side starting at the front windshield and ending on the rear quarter panel," officers wrote in a police report read. "While speaking with Officer Augustine, I observed that his eyes were bloodshot and red and that his speech was slow and slurred."
A short time later, after Augustine had been taken back to the police station, another officer told the supervisor investigating that he felt the supervisor "needed to go on station to deal with Officer Augustine as he appeared to be impaired and was demonstrating odd behavior, to include hugging and kissing him and other officers and telling them that he loved them," the report read.
Officer Augustine told investigators "he had been drunk today, but denied being drunk now," according to the report.
Police ended up finding Four Loko Gold alcoholic beverage can in the driver's door of Augustine's personal vehicle at the police station and also located a can of the same drink near the crash scene, the report read.
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