LORAIN — Lorain City Councilman Angel Arroyo pleaded not guilty Thursday morning to charges in connection with a crash Monday night.
Arroyo, 36, faces charges of operating a vehicle while impaired, failure to maintain assured clear distance, stop sign violation and expired license plate or validation sticker, according to court records. On Thursday, Arroyo appeared before Judge Mark Mihok wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans and entered a not-guilty plea on all charges.
Lorain police responded to a crash at Pearl Avenue and East 28th Street about 10:30 p.m. Monday night. According to a report, Arroyo said he was making a right turn from Pearl onto East 28th when he was struck by another car. The report states that the front of Arroyo’s car was totaled.
The report also states that Arroyo ran a stop sign.
Police said Arroyo had red eyes, smelled of alcohol and exhibited other behaviors typically associated with people who are intoxicated. Arroyo was uncooperative, refused field sobriety tests and refused to take a breath test at the Lorain police station, police said.
During his arraignment Arroyo told Mihok he has not had another OVI offense in the past 10 years and asked if he could have driving privileges for work. Mihok denied the request.
“At this time, it’s listed as a refusal, so it’s listed as an administrative license suspension,” Mihok said. “I can’t give you privileges at this time. Your attorney can file a motion to stay those privileges.”
Mihok scheduled Arroyo’s next court appearance for March 26, the same day he is scheduled to appear in Lorain Municipal Court for a domestic violence case from an incident in January.
Arroyo remains free on bond. He was released on a bond of $2,100 on Tuesday, according to court records.
The 6th Ward Councilman did not file petitions last month to run for re-election for his Lorain City Council seat.