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Former Lorain police officer arraigned on OVI charge


ELYRIA — A former Lorain police officer was arraigned in Elyria Municipal Court on Tuesday morning on charges of operating a vehicle impaired after a crash last week.

Zachary Ferenec, 39, of Elyria, appeared before Judge Robert White on Tuesday morning, according to court records. He was given a $1,000 personal bond and is scheduled to next appear in court Feb. 27.

On Thursday, Elyria police officers and firefighters were called to Gulf Road near Black River Reservation about 1:30 a.m. for a report of a vehicle that had gone off the road and hit some trees. They found a silver 2016 Jeep Cherokee down an embankment about 40 feet off the west side of the roadway.

According to a police report, Ferenec was identified as the driver of the vehicle and was given a breath test, where he registered a blood alcohol content of 0.16 — twice the legal limit.

The report said Ferenec refused field sobriety tests both in an ambulance and at the county jail, and refused a breath test at the jail as well, resulting in his license being suspended.

Lorain police said Ferenec resigned from the department, where he’d served as a patrolman, in December in pursuit of other employment.

Contact Scott Mahoney at (440) 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.

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