The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) fired 12 state troopers in September for allegedly cheating on an exam that certifies police officers to administer breath-alcohol sensing tests to suspected drunken drivers.
An investigation by the state inspector general found that Trooper Anthony Maroon made copies of an exam he took in 2007 and shared them with other officers who were preparing for an April 2008 exam. The investigation uncovered additional instances of cheating by officers on other dates.
The fired troopers were from the Canton and Wooster posts.
Herschel Sigall, general counsel for the Ohio State Troopers Association, accused the state police of “using a cannon to deal with a relatively minor problem,” the Canton Repository reported.
Not so minor when you consider the fallout: In Canton alone, OSHP has notified more than 70 drunken driving defendants that they may have a right to challenge their convictions because the arresting officers lacked valid sobriety-testing certification.