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Cleveland police sergeant arrested for drunk driving in Lakewood, hitting car while under the influence

The officer is currently on restricted duty.

LAKEWOOD, Ohio — According to court documents obtained by 3News, 4th District Police Sergeant Thomas Hodous of the Cleveland Division of Police was arrested on January 17 in Lakewood for driving under the influence of alcohol. 

CDP confirmed to 3News on Monday that Houdos is in fact a Sergeant with the department, and that as of January 19, the officer is on restricted duty. 

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Witnesses say that Sgt. Houdos was driving northbound on Edwards Avenue in Lakewood when he hit a parked car on the street. Body cam footage from the night of the incident shows officers talking with neighbors who saw the event take place. 

In the bodycam footage, Sgt. Houdos tells Lakewood PD officers that he was attempting to drive down the street when a car began to pull out of a driveway too fast, causing him to swerve into a parked vehicle. 

The witnesses on the scene told officers that Houdos was lying to them about the facts of the situation and that there were no cars pulling out. 

The Cleveland Division of Police says that following Lakewood PD's investigation, they will conduct an administrative review of the incident and Sgt. Houdos' involvement. 

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