WATCH: Cruiser cam video shows Middletown assistant fire chief’s OVI arrest

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Middletown assistant fire chief Tom Snively was charged with OVI after his truck struck a pole on Dec. 14, 2019, at Central Avenue and Main Street.

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Middletown’s assistant fire chief appeared unsteady on his feet during sobriety tests after his truck crashed into a pole last month, according to the cruiser cam video from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

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

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

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

He has been placed on paid administrative leave, according to Susan Cohen, acting city manager.

His pretrial hearing has been set for Tuesday in Middletown Municipal Court, according to court records. His attorney is Paris Ellis. Franklin City Prosecutor Steve Runge will be acting prosecutor for the case, and Robert Messham, retired Miamisburg judge, will serve as acting judge.

In the 13-minute 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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