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AUSTINTOWN TWP., Ohio - An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper arrested for drunk driving, is sentenced to jail after pleading  guilty to a less serious charge.

36-year-old Jason Fantone pleaded guilty on Wednesday to being in physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated.    

Fantone was originally charged with operating a vehicle under the influence last week after an Austintown police officer found him sleeping in a vehicle with the engine running at the Austintown Plaza.

A judge sentenced Fantone to 30 days in jail, but suspended 27 of those days.  Fantone was also fined $650 and placed on probation for six months.  Fantone's driver's license has been suspended for six months except for driving to work, school or medical appointments.

According to the arrest report, Fantone made sarcastic and rude remarks about the Austintown Police Department and was verbally confrontational with officers.

At the time of Fantone's arrest, Lt. Ann Ralston with OSP said he had been placed on administrative duties, which means he will still report to work but is not allowed to work out in the field.

Ralston said that they are conducting an administrative investigation alongside a criminal investigation conducted by Austintown police; if disciplinary action is decided to be taken, Fantone could face termination.

Fantone had been reinstated last year after being fired in 2011 for conduct unbecoming an officer after becoming belligerent with stadium security at a Cleveland Browns game and damaging a holding cell.

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