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Former Bedford Law Director charged with driving drunk

September 24, 2018

Former Bedford Law Director charged with driving drunk

BEDFORD, Ohio — Bedford’s former law director was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Friday night after consuming nearly times the legal limit of alcohol allowed by state law, police said. 

Kenneth Schuman is charged with operating a vehicle impaired, according to a Bedford Police report. 

Officers received a tip about someone driving drunk in a white SUV. The truck was seen making an illegal U-turn that nearly caused an accident, police said. 

Officers made a traffic stop and arrested Schuman. The former law director gave a breathalyzer sample, which reported a blood alcohol level of .235 percent, nearly three times the legal limit. The legal threshold in the state of Ohio is .08 percent.

Schuman was booked in Bedford City Jail and was being held on a $1,500 bond. 

Schuman resigned from his post as Bedford’s law director after he was charged with accepting $9,500 from a law firm that had a contract with the city. He was later sentenced to serve two years of probation, with the first six months in jail and pay restitution. He was released early and placed on house arrest. 

The Ohio Supreme Court suspended Schuman’s license following his conviction. 

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