Greene County Treasurer Richard Gould is facing OVI and hit and run charges following an incident that started at The Greene early Saturday morning, according to Beavercreek Police Department reports.
Gould, 54, declined to answer questions on Monday, but issued a written statement.
“I deeply regret the events of Friday evening but I intend to take full responsibility,” Gould wrote.
A Fairborn Municipal Court hearing on the charges is scheduled for Sept. 12.
“Mr. Gould takes full responsibility for his actions, said Adolfo Tornichio, the Greene County Republican Central Committee chair. “We need to let the legal system take its course. While that is going on, we need to keep him and his family in our prayers.”
Around 1:27 a.m. on Saturday, witnesses on Interstate 675 North called police and reported a vehicle, with sparks coming out from the bottom, was swerving on the highway and had exited at North Fairfield Road.
According to witness reports, Gould struck another vehicle sitting at a red light on North Fairfield Road near New Germany-Trebein Road.
No injuries were reported, according to police.
A Beavercreek Police Officer who responded to the crash reported Gould said he had two “regular” beers, about 12-16 ounces, at a pub in The Greene around midnight.
“From the start Gould had a very hard time articulating complete sentences; that accompanied very heavily noticeable slurring of words,” wrote Officer K.L. Brownlee in a report. “I also smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from Gould’s person.”
Gould refused to perform a field sobriety test at the scene stating that he wanted to have his lawyer present.
About 20 minutes later, a second officer was dispatched to The Greene in response to a hit and run. A car had struck a tree in a parking lot island, according to the report.
“Several parts of the vehicle that had done the damage had been left behind,” wrote Officer C.M. Williams.
Gould’s driver’s license was confiscated at the police station.
Gould was appointed Greene County Treasurer on Jan. 13, 2011 by the Greene County Republican Central Committee. He was elected for a four-year term in November 2012.
The treasurer is paid an $61,247 annual salary.
The treasurer’s office has a $508,000 annual budget and a staff of 13 including part-time employees.