Lorain Auditor Arrested for OVI

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LORAIN, OH -- A top Lorain city elected official is accused of drinking and driving.

Lorain Auditor Ronald Mantini was believed to be intoxicated while behind the wheel Thursday evening, according to police.

Mantini, 66, told police that he was on his way home from a fundraiser hosted by Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer.

According to the police report, Mantini was stopped at Westwood and Oberlin Avenue, initially for speeding. The officer witnessed Mantini going more than 80 mph on a Lorain city street.

The police report states that the officer detected an odor of alcohol on him and Mantini failed several field sobriety tests. His blood alcohol level measured .111, which is over the legal limit in Ohio.

"I think that he is supposed to be representing the city and he shouldn't be getting behind the wheel intoxicated," said Jen Stewart of Lorain.

"They're human, just like everybody else. And, we all make mistakes and sometimes we have to pay for them," Jack Lewis of Lorain said.

While Mantini declined to comment on camera, he said he regrets his mistake and that this was uncharacteristic of him. He also said the incident should not affect his job as city auditor.

Mantini is expected in court Tuesday to face a charge of operating a vehicle while impaired as well as reckless operation, according to police.

Mantini said he has two years remaining on his term as auditor. At that time, he said he is likely to retire and not seek re-election.

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