Sheriff's Deputy admits driving drunk in police vehicle

Deputy Stephen "Aaron" Sorrell (Source: Butler County Sheriff's Office)
Deputy Stephen "Aaron" Sorrell (Source: Butler County Sheriff's Office)

DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A Butler County Sheriff's Deputy has been charged with Operating a Vehicle while Impaired after being pulled over by an Ohio State Police Officer.

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that Deputy Stephen "Aaron" Sorrell was stopped by an Ohio State Patrol Trooper early November 22, 2011, in Warren County. Sorrell, age 34, of Hamilton, and a 10-year Sheriff's Office employee, was driving his assigned un-marked county vehicle on Socialville-Foster Road in Deerfield Township when he was stopped around 12:30 am Tuesday.

After the incident, Deputy Sorrell immediately self-reported his actions to Sheriff's Officials. He reported to the Sheriff's Office later that morning to discuss the issue. He acknowledged the seriousness of his infraction of departmental policies, accepted full responsibility for his actions, and issued a letter of apology.

He also has accepted an extensive set of disciplinary sanctions that include: a 40 day (320 hour) un-paid suspension, a reduction in pay grade, a re-assignment of duties upon his return to active-duty status, no promotion eligibility for 2 years, attend mandatory counseling, suspension of participation in specialty assignments (i.e. SWAT), and has signed what is referred to as a "last chance agreement" that would trigger termination of employment for any subsequent departmental policy infractions.

Sorrell, who joined the Sheriff's Office in May, 2001, has previously served in Corrections, Patrol, Investigations, and on undercover Drug Task Forces. He has been assigned to the Warrants Division the last two years. During his 10 years with the Sheriff's Office, he has received several commendations and awards, and has had an un-blemished disciplinary record until now.

"I believe law enforcement officers are not just subject to the same laws as anyone else, we are, as we should be, held to an even higher standard," said Sheriff Jones. "It's part of my job as the Sheriff to make sure my Deputies maintain their professionalism in all aspects."

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