A former long-time Greene County Prosecutor who is now a senior advisor for the Ohio Attorney General was cited for drunk driving on Saturday, according to court records.
William F. Schenck, 67, was stopped by Beavercreek Police around 9:52 p.m. on Mallard Lane for failure to use his turn signal.
Schenck received a traffic citation for both offenses and is scheduled to appear in Fairborn Municipal Court for an arraignment hearing on Friday.
Schenck could not be reached for comment.
There was a strong odor of alcohol in Schenck’s vehicle and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy, wrote Officer Matthew Stull in a police report. Stull was dispatched to the area, near Mandarin Drive, for a reckless vehicle report. Schenck’s vehicle registration did not match the one reported, according to police.
“He was very unsteady on his feet,” Stull wrote.
Schenck was taken into police custody after failing sobriety tests, according to police.
“I asked Schenck how much alcohol he had consumed on this date and he advised ‘too much,’” Stull wrote. “Schenck said he consumed two bourbon barrels.”
According to the police report, Schenck said he was on his way to Kemp Road, but was unable to explain what he was doing in Mallard Landing apartment complex.
After officers transported Schenck to the police department, he cried and apologized for his actions, according to the police report.
The attorney general’s office said Schenck reported the incident to the human resources director on Monday. All employees are required to report any traffic violations that occur while driving their personal vehicles.
“The Attorney General considers OVI a very serious matter,” said Lisa Peterson Hackley, the communications director for the attorney general’s office, in a written statement about Schenck’s citation. “As with any charge, the justice system will now determine the outcome of this matter.”
Schenck was hired by the Attorney General’s office on March 9. In June, his employment status changed from full-time to part-time and he earns $58.18 per hour, according to the attorney general’s office.
Prior to working for the attorney general, Schenck served as chief trial counsel in the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office from 1977 to 1980 under Mike Dewine. In 1980, he was elected county prosecutor and held the position for more than 25 years.
Schenck was also employed by the U.S. Department of Justice as an assistant United States attorney from 2006-2011.