Lorain Councilman Angel Arroyo pleads not guilty to OVI charges

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LORAIN, Ohio-- Lorain City Councilman Angel Arroyo appeared in Lorain Municipal Court Thursday morning on charges related to a recent crash. He pleaded not guilty.

Arroyo turned on East 28th Street from Pearl Avenue without stopping at the stop sign and hit another vehicle Monday night, the police report said.

Officers at the scene reported the 36-year-old had red, watery eyes. He appeared disoriented and smelled of alcoholic beverages, Lorain police said. He denied consuming alcohol and was not injured in the crash.

Arroyo was taken to the station, where he refused a breath test and was uncooperative, according to police. He was then taken to the Lorain County Jail.

He's charged with operating a vehicular under the influence, stop sign violation, assured clear distance, expired license plate and implied consent.

In and interview following his court appearance, Arroyo reinforced his "not guilty" plea saying he believes he is being targeted and said he was not intoxicated the night he was in an accident and charged with OVI.

“I feel like I am starting to be targeted and that’s why I refused to take the test I want to let everybody know that come this Friday, tomorrow, will be 60 days sober,” Arroyo said.

Arroyo says he was the victim in the car accident and the other car involved actually hit him.

He said he has no plans to resign as city councilman.

“I’m working on my sobriety. And I want everyone to know that at the end of this case that you will see the truth that I am truly the victim of this and I was not intoxicated on that evening. And that’s more important than any other accident and anything else that I want people to know that I was not drunk that night,” Arroyo said.

The Ward 6 councilman was arrested on Jan. 14 on domestic violence charges. According to the police report, his wife told officers Arroyo pushed her and hit her in the ribs. He was allegedly extremely intoxicated. Police said he struggled with officers as they put him in handcuffs.

In 2017, Arroyo was arrested on disorderly conduct.

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