Middletown fire official pleads to reduced charge after OVI crash

Middletown’s assistant fire chief has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge for a December crash that resulted in an OVI charge.

Thomas L. Snively, 54, of Franklin, crashed his 2017 GMC pick-up truck into a pole around 1:50 a.m. on Dec. 14 at Central Avenue and Main Street, according to the report from the state patrol.

He was charged with OVI and failure to control, both misdemeanors.

Snively entered a guilty plea to physical control, a first-degree misdemeanor and failure to control, a minor misdemeanor, in Middletown Municipal Court on Wednesday.

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Visiting Judge Robert Messham sentenced Snively to 90 days in jail with 87 suspended and ordered him to attend a three-day intervention program. Snively’s license was suspended for one year, and he was placed on a one-year probation.

Snively was fined $375 for the physical control charge and an additional $75 plus court costs for the failure to control charge.

The case was heard by a visiting judge and prosecuted by visiting prosecutor Steve Runge because of Snively’s employment by the city. Neither Snively or his defense attorney, Paris Ellis, had comment after the hearing.

Snively served a one-week, unpaid suspension Jan. 13-17 and has returned to work, according to city officials.

According to the OSP report, Snively, who was uninjured, told the trooper he “drank too much.”

In the 13-minute cruiser camera video, which was obtained by the Journal-News through a public records request, a trooper drives Snively to a nearby bank drive-through to perform the sobriety checks under an overhang and out of the rainy weather.

The trooper handcuffs Snively, then reads him his Miranda rights, according to the video.

Snively refused a breath test and was charged with OVI. He was taken to the Hamilton Post of the highway patrol, where he again refused a breath test, according to the report. He refused to give the trooper a statement about the crash.

Snively then was taken to his Franklin residence.

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