Thursday, August 12, 1999

Aronoff charged with DUI in crash

        COLUMBUS — Former state Senate President Stanley Aronoff was charged with drunken driving after hitting a concrete pillar in the Statehouse parking garage, the Columbus Dispatch reported today.

        Mr. Aronoff apparently was not injured Tuesday night when driving about 20 mph in a 5-mph zone, said Lt. John Born, a spokesman for the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

        Mr. Aronoff smelled of alcohol and failed three sobriety tests, Lt. Born said. After talking to a lawyer, he declined to take a breath-analysis test so his license was seized, Lt. Born said.

        He was not jailed and has been summoned to Franklin County Municipal Court on Monday for his initial appearance, the newspaper said.

        Mr. Aronoff, 67, lives in Price Hill but has an office in Columbus. He did not return calls seeking comment, including a message left at his office early today.

        In 1982, Columbus police said Mr. Aronoff drove through a red light and found his blood-alcohol level to be 0.12. A person is considered to be driving drunk at 0.10. Mr. Aronoff pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of reckless operation. He was given a suspended nine-day jail sentence, fined $150 and lost his driving privileges for 30 days.

        The lawyer served for 35 years in the legislature, including 20 years in the Senate. He retired at the end of 1996, and now operates a lobbying firm.


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