Willoughby-Eastlake superintendent sentenced in OVI case

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CHARDON, Ohio — The Willoughby-Eastlake Schools superintendent, who pleaded guilty to an OVI last month, was sentenced Wednesday to three days in a driver intervention program, placed on a year probation and ordered to complete 80 hours of community service.

Chardon Municipal Court Judge Terry Stupica said Stephen Thompson must go to churches and schools and talk to youth about the dangers of drinking and driving as part of his community service.

“You are held to a higher standard, you are in charge of children,” Stupica said to Thompson during sentencing.

Thompson, 48, appeared in Chardon Municipal Court with his attorney, Kenneth Callahan, for the brief sentencing hearing Wednesday.

Thompson was arrested on the charges in the early morning hours of May 17, following a car crash at the corner of state Route 306 and Mayfield Road in Chester Township.

Thompson has said he is very remorseful and regrets his actions. He said he shouldn’t have been driving that night.

Police dash camera video shows Thompson being pulled over and taking a number of field sobriety tests. Shortly after he took the tests, he was arrested.

The school board ordered Thompson to forfeit 20 days of pay, he must speak to students, and he can be fired if he’s convicted of another alcohol or drug-related offense.

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