NILES - A city councilman seeking another term was ordered to pay a $400 fine on Friday after he was found guilty of operating a vehicle impaired.
Fourth Ward Councilman Edward McCormick Jr., 59, of Elm Court, pleaded no contest in Niles Municipal Court.
He was also ordered to attend a driver intervention program for three days and his license was suspended for six months.
McCormick was arrested in August after crashing his car into another vehicle while trying to make a turn near Pratt Street and East Park Avenue in Niles, according to a city police report. His blood-alcohol content was 0.228, nearly three times more than the 0.08 percent legal limit to drive in Ohio.
Officers said McCormick submitted to 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 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 contain information about possible injuries or anyone else involved in the crash.
According to Warren Municipal Court's online records, McCormick was charged with drunken driving in 1998 but eventually pleaded guilty to reckless operation. He is unchallenged on the November ballot.