Deputy suspended following alleged OVI crash

Corporal Robert Reiff, 52, a 19-year-veteran, was off duty at about 9:40 p.m. when he lost control of his car in area of 227 N. B St. and struck a parked Time Warner Cable van.

Following an investigation by Hamilton police, Reiff was cited for failure to control and operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Both charges are misdemeanors. Reiff is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning in Hamilton Municipal Court.

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office handled the internal investigation. Sheriff Richard Jones said Reiff is being placed on a six-week suspension. He will also be required to attend and successfully complete drug and alcohol counseling, and he was placed on final warning status, meaning his position can be terminated for any future disciplinary action against him.

Reiff, who is currently a street patrol supervisor, will not be paid during the suspension, said Capt. Mike Craft. The sheriff’s office was informed about the crash immediately by police, and Reiff also reported the incident to his superiors.

According to the Hamilton police crash report, Reiff was blood tested. The test results are not yet known, said Hamilton Detective Richard Burkhardt.

Jones said Reiff understands the seriousness of his actions and accepts full responsibility for the infraction.

“This type of behavior simply cannot and will not be tolerated under any circumstance” the sheriff said.

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