Spletzer to wait until Dec. 2 for her day in court

NEWTON FALLS — Councilwoman Tesa Spletzer will have to wait a little more than a month to get her day in court on a charge of operating a vehicle under the influence.

Philip Zuzulo , law director for the city of Niles, has been named as special prosecutor in the case. Zuzulo said he had disclosed evidence in the case to defense attorney James Foltz of Akron on Tuesday morning, when a hearing for Spletzer was rescheduled for Dec. 2 before Judge Philip Vigorito.

Spletzer, who was seated in the courtroom, said she had no comment on her case.

Spletzer, 53, had pleaded not guilty in September to an OVI charge as well as a traffic charge of failure to maintain lanes of travel.

The councilwoman was pulled over at 10:50 p.m. Sept. 11 after a patrol officer noticed a GMC SUV driving on the wrong side of the road, coming toward him near the intersection of River Street and East Broad Street.

A police report states the driver jerked the vehicle to the right side of the road to avoid striking the police cruiser. The officer followed the vehicle and noticed the driver showed signs of impairment, the report states.

The report noted the woman, identified as Spletzer, was “slurring her speech,” and the officer “could detect the smell of an alcoholic beverage.” It also noted the driver stumbled several times and appeared dazed.


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