'Does it help that I am a police officer?: Cincinnati police captain arrested on OVI charge

Her police powers have been suspended

CPD captain's police powers suspended after OVI arrest

LOVELAND (FOX19) - A Cincinnati police captain was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated Sunday, Loveland city officials confirmed Monday.

Amanda Caton, 55, was cited and released, according to a statement from the city.

The statement also says there is video and audio recording of the traffic stop.

The incident report from Loveland Police says Caton was pulled over around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Her husband was her passenger.

Officer Jacob Salamon wrote that he walked up to the driver’s side of Caton’s vehicle and noticed that she was shaking the passenger’s shoulder.

Salamon stated that he thought Caton was trying to wake her husband but she later said she was trying to calm him down.

Officer Salamon wrote in the incident report that there was “a very strong odor of alcoholic beverage" coming from inside the vehicle.

He asked for Caton’s license and she reportedly asked, “Does it help that I am a police officer?”

Officer Salamon stated in the incident report that her voice was slurred and her eyes were glassy and bloodshot.

The report says Salamon went to the front of the car and noticed Caton’s husband, Patrick, was holding up his CPD badge. He is a lieutenant with CPD.

Salamon wrote that Patrick Caton was getting upset for not letting them go. The officer asked Amanda Caton to step out of the car and talk to him.

“Even outside the vehicle in the open air, there was still an odor of alcoholic beverage on her breath as she spoke to me,” Officer Salamon wrote.

Salamon stated that Amanda Caton would not take tests to make sure she wasn’t impaired. She said it was because she was wearing shoes with heels.

She did agree to have her eyes checked. Salamon wrote that “six of six clues were observed.” He also stated that she swayed as the test was being performed.

Officer Salamon said he didn’t feel comfortable letting her drive home and that she would be arrested for OVI.

Salamon wrote that Patrick Caton “continued to be belligerent and confrontational.”

He was asked to leave and if he didn’t calm down he’d be arrested. He walked away.

Amanda Caton refused to provide a breath test at the police department, Officer Salamon wrote.

She was charged with OVI refusal and a centerline violation. She was not charged in connection with having a firearm while intoxicated.

Officers drove Amanda Caton home and were met by her husband.

They explained that they wanted to secure her firearm in the trunk of her car but that only made him angrier.

The incident report says he walked up to the officers with clenched fists saying, “you drove all the way out there to start s**t in my driveway?”

As the officers left and Patrick Caton was heading toward his house, Officer Salamon wrote that Caton turned around, took a few steps back toward them and said, “be sure to tell your moms that you met real cops tonight.”

It’s not clear yet if Cincinnati Police will take any action with Patrick Caton, but the department released the following statement regarding Amanda Caton Monday afternoon:

“The Cincinnati Police Department confirms Police Captain Amanda Caton was stopped by the Loveland, Ohio Police Department on Sunday, Feb. 9th and subsequently charged with Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated (OVI). As a matter of protocol Captain Caton’s police powers have been suspended pending the outcome of the judicial process.”

A spokesman with the Cincinnati Police Department says suspended police powers mean Amanda Caton doesn’t have arrest powers but she retains her position and responsibilities pending the outcome of the court case.

Lt. Steve Saunders explains that’s the difference between suspended police powers and an actual suspension which could result in disciplinary action.

It remains unclear if she was driving a city-issued police vehicle or her own.

Amanda Caton was promoted to the rank of captain in June 2019. She joined Cincinnati Police Department in March 2004 as a member of the 96th recruit class.

She has served in Districts 1, 2, 3 and 5 as well as the Central Business Section, Internal Investigation Section and the Support Bureau Administration.

She was assigned last year to the Police Records Section.

Under the latest organizational chart, which was unveiled last week, Amanda Caton was put in charge of CPD’s Inspections Section, which has oversight of issues such as internal audits and random drugs and alcohol testing.

Cincinnati police fired Patrick Caton for failure of good behavior in 2003 after he was acquitted on an assault charge connected to the November 2000 death of a man in police custody, Roger Owensby.

But an independent arbitrator reinstated Patrick Caton and awarded him $200,000 in back pay.

Then-Mayor Mark Mallory called the ruling “outrageous.”

Nearly a year after he was acquitted, Caton was suspended for using a racial slur recorded on his cruiser cam.

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