Wednesday, April 21, 1999

Ch. 5's Norma Rashid fined for DUI

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SHARONVILLE — WLWT-TV news anchor Norma Rashid pleaded no contest in Mayor's Court here Tuesday afternoon to driving while under the influence of alcohol and was fined $365 plus $45 in court costs by Mayor Virgil Lovitt II.

        Ms. Rashid's driver's license was suspended by the mayor for six months with occupational driving privileges restored after 15 days — minimum penalties stipulated under Ohio law for first-time DUI offenders.

        Ms. Rashid also must attend a 72-hour driver intervention program in lieu of three days in jail.

        “I'm sorry it was in this court,” Mayor Lovitt said after imposing the sentence.

        Ms. Rashid did not address the court. She stood beside her attorney, Pete Rosenwald, who made her plea.

        Prosecutor Kevin McDonough told the court Ms. Rashid's only prior run-in with police was a 1997 speeding infraction.

        In exchange for the no contest plea, Mr. McDonough agreed to drop a charge of failure to control a vehicle.

        Ms. Rashid, 43, of Fort Thomas, was stopped at 11:16 p.m. Friday after she allegedly lost control of her Land Cruiser on westbound Interstate 275, near Reed Hartman Highway, and spun into the median. She was inside the vehicle when police arrived, and they detected an odor of alcohol, officers said.

        Ms. Rashid's blood-alcohol level was 0.168 percent. The legal limit for drunk driving in Ohio is 0.10 percent.


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