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Mahoning County Auditor apologizes for his arrest

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Mahoning County  Auditor Mike Sciortino is apologizing for the circumstances following his arrest last month.

Three sheriff's deputies are being disciplined after investigators determined that Sciortino was not charged with operating a vehicle under the influence even though he failed a field sobriety test administered by one of those deputies.

A statement issued by Sciortino does not acknowledge whether or not he was driving impaired when he  was arrested.

The following statement was issued by Sciortino today:

"On May 26, 2013 I was given a traffic citation for failure to drive within marked lanes in Canfield Township, Ohio. I paid a fine and court costs of $130.00 at the Canfield District Court. During the traffic stop I followed the instructions of the officer and answered all of his questions. The Officer was professional and courteous."

"I am deeply regretful for the unfortunate circumstances that evening. I know that I let myself, family, friends, supporters and office down, and for that I am sorry. I have nothing but remorse for the pain I have caused the officers who have been disciplined over my traffic stop…to them and their families, I am sorry."
 
"Now that the this report has been completed, The Mahoning County Sheriff's department and Mahoning County Auditor's office can continue to focus on the outstanding work they do for our community. I may often stumble as a human being, but I will never allow an unfortunate distraction like this to stand in the way of the job we must perform in the County Auditor's office every day."

End of statement.

Earlier today, the Mahoning County Commissioners say the Sheriff's decision to discipline 3 of his deputies was the right move, now they're hoping it will close the book on that controversial traffic stop involving Sciortino.

Commissioners, who initially did not want to comment on the alleged OVI traffic stop involving the Auditor, say they have not read the 21-page internal report by the Summit County Sheriff's Department.

Commissioner Carol Rimedio-Righetti tells 21 News she doesn't believe any more will come from the investigation, including criminal charges. "I don't believe that should happen. Mike will have to deal with that on his own. I don't believe anybody should be charged with anything. I think our sheriff took control and did what he had to do." said Rimedio-Righetti.

Commissioner Righetti says while everyone jumps to conclusions that someone pulled over for allegedly being impaired isn't always necessarily alcohol, and it could be medication.

The investigative report says Auditor Sciortino did have the results of an EKG visible in his car.

 

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