MIAMI COUNTY — A Montgomery County sheriff’s deputy was arrested and charged with OVI after reportedly leaving Country Concert while intoxicated.
James R. Osborne, 46, pleaded not guilty to OVI and lanes of travel charges on July 16, according to Miami County Municipal Court records.
He was placed on administrative leave Monday, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
On July 13, a Miami County sheriff’s deputy pulled over a white truck around 12:09 a.m. after it crossed the center line of Ohio 185 west at least four times.
While talking to the driver, identified as Osborne, the deputy noted that he had “red, bloodshot, and glossy’ eyes and that there was “a very strong odor of [an] alcoholic beverage” coming from him, according to the incident report.
Osborne reportedly told the deputy he was coming from the Country Concert and that he was a Montgomery County sheriff’s deputy.
When asked how much he had to drink that night, Osborne said “probably not enough but probably too much,” according to the report.
During a field sobriety evaluation, Osborne was reportedly swaying, had a hard time following the deputy’s finger, lost his balance and almost fell over, the report read.
Osborne also refused to give a breath sample, according to the report.
He was arrested and given a copy of his citation before he and a female passenger were given a ride home because they reportedly did not have anyone who could come get them.
Osborne has been a deputy since 2000 and is currently assigned to the jail transport and court services division of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.