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Former police officer facing multiple charges after crash

STEUBENVILLE — Former city patrolman Salvatore Scarafile has had another brush with the law, this time in Wintersville.

Scarafile, 30, was taken into custody Wednesday evening after an accident on Woodridge Drive near Burger King and booked into the Jefferson County jail.

On Friday, Wintersville Police Chief Art Fowler said Scarafile had been charged with operating a vehicle under the influence as well as improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, a class four felony. Other charges could be pending, he said. Scarafile, who resides at 372 Terrace Dr., Wintersville, was on the city police force for just six months, resigning in May after two run-ins with law enforcement:

* In December 2018, he was pulled over by police in nearby Calcutta and charged with reckless operation after he was allegedly spotted traveling west on state Route 170 at a high rate of speed.

At the time, St. Clair Township Police Sgt. Scott Mick said he was pulling out of a private driveway near the intersection of state Route 170 and St. Clair Avenue when he saw a pickup truck traveling at what he considered a high rate of speed. The officer said that when he pulled behind the pickup, the driver, identified as Scarafile, accelerated.

That charge eventually was reduced to speeding.

* Scarafile resigned from the Steubenville Police Department on May 8, just 10 days after the Ohio State Highway Patrol had charged him with drunken driving.

Scarafile, who had joined the department in October 2018, allegedly was driving at 86 mph in a 50 mph zone when he was pulled over on the Lovers Lane Connector in the early evening hours of April 28. His blood-alcohol level tested at 0.197 percent, more than twice the legal limit, reports said.

Both of those incidents happened when Scarafile was off-duty.

Before joining Steubenville’s force Scarafile also had been on the force in Wintersville and Wellsville.

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