Councilman charged with OVI

NILES – A city councilman charged with operating a vehicle while impaired following an Aug. 24 crash is due back in court Sept. 20 for a pretrial hearing.

Edward McCormick Jr., 59, 530 Elm Court, Niles, also was issued a failure to turn citation. Niles police reported that he registered a .228 blood-alcohol content after submitting to a breath test following the crash. The legal driving limit in Ohio is .08.

McCormick pleaded not guilty Tuesday at his arraignment.

His term as 4th Ward councilman expires at the end of the year and he is unopposed on the November ballot.

Attempts to contact McCormick by telephone on Thursday were not successful.

Reports state McCormick was traveling south on Pratt Street just before 7:30 p.m. when he attempted to turn right onto East Park Avenue at the stop sign and struck a Ford pickup truck.

Police said when they approached McCormick at the crash scene to speak to him he was leaning on a property chain link fence and the smell of alcohol was emitting from his breath.

Officers said McCormick submitted to a field sobriety tests, but was uneasy on his feet and had to be helped to the front of the police cruiser for testing, according to a Niles police report. Reports state McCormick failed or could not complete the tests.

Police said that several times McCormick admitted to drinking, stating he was drinking beer and whiskey all day at the San Felipe Club in Niles.

McCormick was released to a family member and his vehicle was towed, the police report states. Police noted in the report that he was cooperative and respectful. The report also indicates police responded to a traffic crash with injury, but it does not information about possible injuries or anyone else who might have been involved in the crash.

Niles court officials said they are not aware of any previous OVI cases involving McCormick. However, according to Warren Municipal Court’s online records, McCormick pleaded not contest after he was charged with driving under the influence in 1998, but was found guilty of a lesser charge of reckless operation.