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Deputy submits resignation prior to disciplinary hearing

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A veteran Logan County Sheriff’s deputy submitted his letter of resignation Tuesday, one week after he was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs related to a two-vehicle crash in the city.

Sgt. Tony Robinson, 54, of Bellefontaine, was a third-shift supervisor and had worked for the department for 22 years. Prior to that time, he served with the Bellefontaine Police Department and part time with the sheriff’s office.

Following the Feb. 4 incident, he was placed on paid administrative leave, per departmental policy. At that time, Chief Deputy Col. Randy Dodds said an internal review of the incident would be conducted to determine departmental discipline.

The deputy waived his right to a pre-disciplinary conference, and his resignation letter was received Tuesday just prior to a scheduled disciplinary hearing, Sheriff Andrew J. Smith said.

Officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department were called to the crash scene at Saxon Drive and Main Street around 9:30 p.m.

They observed the defendant outside his pickup truck, and he advised officers that he drove from Saxon onto Main and was struck.

Officers report he was unsteady on his feet and leaning against the vehicle for support. He admitted to consuming alcohol earlier.

He refused to take any field sobriety tests or submit a breath or urine sample. His driver’s license was seized per state law, which imposes a year suspension for refusing a breathalyzer test.

During conversations, officers reported his speech was slurred and there was an odor of alcohol about him. He also was cited for failure to yield.

The other vehicle — a sport utility vehicle — was driven by Cris E. Coy, 50, of Huntsville. He was southbound when Sgt. Robinson’s vehicle pulled from the drive.

Read previous story here: UPDATE: Deputy faces OVI charge after crash

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