Ashtabula sheriff's deputy facing drunken driving charges, placed on administrative leave

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP, Ohio - An Ashtabula County Sheriff's deputy is on administrative leave after he was charged with drunken driving over the weekend.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said Julius Petro Sr. of Ashtabula was pulled over at about 2:26 a.m. Sunday on State Route 531 in Saybrook Township for driving left of center.

Petro was arrested and taken to the patrol post, where troopers said he blew a .097 blood alcohol level -- above the legal limit of .08.

The patrol said Petro was very cooperative during the incident.

Sheriff William Johnson told NewsChannel5 Petro will remain on leave pending the outcome of the case. Johnson said Petro was off-duty and in his person vehicle at the time of the incident.

Petro appeared in court for his arraignment Monday, where he pleaded not guilty to charges of OVI and driving left of center. His bond was set at $1,750.

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