Mahoning Co. Board of Election director, head of Republican Party charged with OVI, failure to yield
A public official has been charged with OVI after the Ohio State Highway Patrol stopped his vehicle for a failure to yield the right of way charge on Wednesday.
Thomas McCabe, 56, Director of the Mahoning County Board of Elections and also the county Republican Party Chairman, was charged with OVI after refusing to be tested for blood alcohol content, according to the court filing.
OSP pulled McCabe over on McClurg Road heading west near Southern Blvd. in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Dashcam video obtained by 21 News shows McCabe undergoing a field sobriety test, then being handcuffed after refusing to submit to a breath test.
McCabe had a hearing in Boardman Court on Thursday, where he pled not guilty to the charges, according to the court. No future court has been set at this time.
McCabe told 21 News Friday afternoon that he entered a not-guilty plea, and it will "all come out in the wash."
McCabe said that the results will be determined in the courts.