WILLOUGHBY, Ohio -- What are the chances you would get a break if you were caught drinking and driving?
Veteran Willoughby Patrolman Steve Alemagno could have possibly arrested a fellow officer who had been drinking and driving. He could have given the officer a field sobriety test.
He did neither. Instead, he cut the officer a break and had him call a friend for a ride home.
Alemagno never stuck around long enough to see if off-duty Ashtabula Officer Wayne Howell ever got a ride. He didn't. Instead, he got back into his pick-up truck and drove away.
ORIGINAL STORY : Investigator: Exclusive video of police letting drinking cop go
He was later stopped by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and arrested for OVI after his blood alcohol level was nearly two times the legal limit of .08.
Willoughby Police Chief Jack Beckwith suspended Alemagno for three days for making a bad decision.
But Beckwith admitted his officers have discretion in these types of cases. That drew a stunned reaction from Judy Liggett, from Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
"We're just lucky the conversation is about the discipline of the officer instead of a funeral for someone that was innocently driving down their road and their life was taken senselessly," said Liggett.
The highway patrol told the Investigator Tom Meyer that no one they pull over for drinking and driving ever gets a break.
"We stop you and issue a citation for OVI," said Lt. Brant Zemelka, of the Chardon post of the Ohio Highway Patrol.
Howell has been reassigned as a dispatcher indefinitely and given a 20 percent cut in pay until Ashtabula Police Chief Robert Stell decides if further disciplinary action is warranted.
Follow The Investigator Tom Meyer on Twitter: @TomMeyerWKYC