Three Middletown employees honored for battling drunken driving

Middletown Police Officer Lindsey Schwarber will receive 2018 MADD Award of Excellence next month in Dayton.

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Middletown Police Officer Lindsey Schwarber will receive 2018 MADD Award of Excellence next month in Dayton.

Three City of Middletown employees are being honored for having “a significant impact” on reducing impaired driving in the community.

Middletown Municipal Court Prosecutor Ashley Bretland, Detective Brook McDonald and police officer Lindsey Schwarber will receive 2018 MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) Award of Excellence in April in Dayton.

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The Award of Excellence is presented to selected officers, judges, prosecutors, and prominent citizens in Ohio, according to MADD.

On average, Bretland has successfully prosecuted more than 300 OVI cases per year during her eight-year career, according to the city. The University of Dayton graduate began her career as a Middletown Municipal Court Prosecutor in 2011, and during that time, along with the assistant prosecutor, she has handled between 11,000 and 14,000 criminal cases per year through the court.

For the last six months in 2018, there were 46 OVI arrests in the city, according to police records. Of those, Schwarber and McDonald led the department with eight OVI arrests each.

Maj. David Birk praised the work of the officers because “keeping the roads safe for our community is a top priority for this department.”

Schwarber, a Middletown native, was hired by the Middletown Police Department as a reserve officer in July 2013. She was hired as a full-time officer in May 2017. She was recently selected as a police K9 handler. For the next 12 weeks, she’s training Maverick, a 1-year-old Malinois, according to the department.

McDonald started with the Middletown Police Department on August 2005 as a correction officer in the jail. While working as a C.O., he attended the police academy and was hired as a police officer on November 2009.

He recently was assigned to detective section as a general assignment detective.

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