Public defender charged with OVI, drug possession

Public defender charged with OVI, drug possession
Susan Zillick (Photo: Hamilton County Public Defender's Office)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A lawyer for the Hamilton County Public Defender’s Office may now need an attorney of her own.

According to court records, Colerain Police stopped Susan Zillick after spotting her maroon 2015 Jeep Cherokee driving the wrong way on eastbound Interstate 275 at 1:09 a.m. Monday.

Her vehicle was operating without headlights and nearly struck several cars, police records show.

Once they pulled her over, police said she did not know what was going on and had urinated on herself.

Police wrote in a criminal complaint they found three full bars and two half bars of Xanax in a tin container in her purse. They also found one dose of an amphetamine-like prescription weight loss drug called Phentermine.

Zillick, 48, was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, two counts of possession of drugs, improper lighting on vehicle and one-way traffic/rotary islands.

Court records show she refused to submit to a test to measure her suspected level of intoxication. Police seized her driver’s license and vehicle and placed her under an administrative license suspension.

She has pleaded not guilty and remains free after someone posted $100, or 10 percent, of her $1,000 bond, court records state.

Zillick is scheduled to return to court at 9 a.m. Oct. 16.

She is a supervisor at the public defender’s office.

Her current job status was not immediately clear.

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