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Howland trustee sentenced for OVI

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James Lapolla Jr. James Lapolla Jr.
NILES, Ohio -

A Howland Township Trustee has been sentenced to three days in jail after being found guilty of operating a vehicle under the influence.

Niles Municipal Court Judge Thomas Townley found James J. Lapolla, Jr. guilty after Lapolla entered a “no contest” plea. A charge of violating marked traffic lanes was dropped.

Niles Police pulled his car over in October of last year on Route 422 at Frederick Street after two officers say they saw him travel left of center.

According to a police report, Lapolla Jr. told officers he had roughly four drinks.

Police reported smelling an odor of alcohol and describe Lapolla, Jr.'s eyes as glossy at the time.

Lapolla, Jr. failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a blood-alcohol test.

As a result, Lapolla's driver's license was suspended from the date of the traffic stop until this past May.

Lapolla was also ordered to pay $500 in fines and court costs.

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