Trooper cited for OVI back on patrol following crash in bar parking lot

WEST CARROLLTON — An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper cited for OVI and other traffic related offenses following a hit-and-run crash in the parking lot of Sparky’s Lounge is back at work, while his case continues through court, records show.

David G. Shockey, 44, was cited for OVI, failure to control and hit-skip on private property in connection to the crash July 23, West Carrollton police records show.

Shockey was placed on leave without pay following the charges, the state patrol said.  He was reinstated after he was granted limited driving privileges by Judge Robert W. Rettich III, court records show.

The 44-year-old has been with the patrol since 1999, his personnel file shows.

“Once he obtained limited driving privileges, he was returned to his normal patrol duties,” said Lt. Craig Cvetan with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Court records show Shockey is permitted to drive for work, medical appointments and court appearances.

Police responded to the bar around 2:45 p.m. after receiving the report of a crash. Witnesses told police Shockey had left the scene in his white Ford F-150 after he was accused of striking a maroon Jaguar, a report showed.

“As I was finishing up taking the photographs, I observed a white Ford F-150 pull into the parking lot,” a West Carrollton officer wrote in an incident report. “There was damage and red/maroon transfer paint on the passenger side of the truck.”

The driver of the pickup, later identified as Shockey, walked toward police with his shorts unbuttoned and unzipped, the report read.

“There was a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage,” police wrote in the report. “Shockey’s speech was mumbled and slurred. His eyes were bloodshot and glassy. He was unsteady on his feet.”

A bartender at Sparky’s Lounge told police “Shockey had just left and he was cut off due to his level of intoxication,” the report read. The bartender also was told that Shockey was refused service at nearby Bojangles, the report read.

Shockey told police he had just returned from Florida, where he said he had been in rehab for alcohol, the report said.

Police said Shockey admitted to hitting the Jaguar, but denied drinking. He was arrested after refusing a field sobriety test, the report read.

Shockey was released to a sober adult following his arrest, the report states.

Shockey is due in court later this month.