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Avon police sergeant granted limited driving privileges after drunken-driving arrest
A judge granted limited driving privileges to an Avon police sergeant arrested on a drunken-driving charge. AVON, Ohio -- A judge granted limited driving privileges to an Avon police sergeant arrested on a drunken-driving charge, according to court records.  Avon Lake Municipal Court Judge Darrel Bilancini on Wednesday granted Sgt. George Rupel's attorney's request for a stay on a driver's license suspension to allow him to attend work and doctors' appointments pending the outcome of the case, a court clerk said. The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles automatically suspends the licenses of every person cited with drunken-driving charges in the state, the clerk said. Rupel, 37, of North Olmsted pleaded not guilty to charges of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and driving outside of marked lanes. He is due back in court Sept. 20. An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper pulled Ruple over at 2:17 a.m. Monday on Kinzel Road near Stoney Ridge Road in Avon. Ruple was driving left of the center road line, a state patrol sergeant told cleveland.com. Avon police Chief Richard Bosley said Thursday morning that Ruple had taken off from work since the incident and the chief had not received paperwork about Rupel's driving privileges from the court. Bosley did not know when Ruple would return to work. Ruple is a patrol supervisor and has been with the Avon Police Department for 12 years. He was an officer with the North Ridgeville Police Department for five years before that, Bosley said. Avon police will decide whether Bosley will face discipline once the case makes its way through court. "We want to make sure we have all the facts," Bosley said. Ruple and his attorney could not be reached for comment. If you wish to discuss or comment on this story, please visit our crime and courts comments section. Like Chanda Neely on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter: Follow @ChandaNeely // !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); // ]]>
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