Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 7:31 PM
By: Breaking News Staff
FAIRBORN — UPDATE @ 2:59 p.m. (Jan. 23):
The Ohio State Highway Patrol released dash cam video Tuesday that shows the questioning and arrest of Dayton police officer Jermar Rayford for suspicion of OVI in Fairborn on Jan. 12.
In the video, Rayford denies having consumed any alcohol prior to the traffic stop for speeding.
“I’m a Dayton police officer...I’m not going to jeopardize my career,” Rayford tells troopers. “I ain’t been drinking though.”
The trooper told Rayford he smelled alcohol coming from the vehicle, which Rayford said was a rental car.
“There ain’t nothing to it bro,” Rayford said.
Rayford declined to take a breathalyzer test on the scene after being asked multiple times if he would be willing to and was taken into custody.
“I don’t have to do a breath test,” Rayford said. “... This is so beyond crazy.”
UPDATE @ 4:15 p.m. (Jan. 19):
Dayton police said Jermar Rayford “is currently on restricted duty pending the outcome of an OVI case in Greene County. The Dayton Police Department’s Professional Standards Bureau is also conducting an independent administrative investigation into the matter,” following a traffic stop, where he was cited for OVI.
The department’s statement comes after this news agency requested a status on his employment with the department following the Jan. 12 incident.
Rayford garnered national attention and also was given credit for helping improve police and community relations after dancing during a community festival in the Oregon District. Videos of his dance moves were shared across social media.
Dayton Police Officer Jermar Rayford appeared in court this week on an OVI charge stemming from a traffic stop in Greene County just after 2 a.m. on Jan. 12.
According to documents from Fairborn Municipal Court, Rayford, 25, was driving a black 2017 Dodge bearing Florida license tags when he was stopped by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper on eastbound Col. Glenn Boulevard near Presidential Drive in Beavercreek.
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He was driving 69 mph in a 45-mph zone, according to the court document, and refused a blood alcohol test.
Rayford was summoned into court on Tuesday morning.
He is the police officer who performed the Superman in 2015 while dancing to Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) at the Taste of All Things Oregon.
The 2010 Chaminade Julienne graduate became a local celebrity when several people posted videos and photos of his dancing to social media.
Rayford also gained local attention in July 2016 when he posted a video to social media, offering an emotional plea to the Dayton community focused toward police-community relations.
At the time, he said he posted the video in reaction to the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, both of whom were killed by police. The video surfaced hours before five Dallas police officers were shot and killed.
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