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Dashcam video shows moment Tiffin City Schools superintendent is charged with OVI: ‘I had two drinks!’

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TIFFIN — Newly-released dashcam footage from the Ohio State Highway Patrol shows the moment Tiffin City Schools Superintendent Gary A. Barber was pulled over and charged with OVI last weekend in Marion.

Barber told a trooper during the traffic stop that he had some “Tito’s and soda,” adding that it was just “two drinks.”

TCS said in a statement Thursday that assistant superintendent Robert Boes will work with other administrative officials to manage the district while Barber is on leave.

The Tiffin City Board of Education is set to hold a special meeting Monday to discuss, among other things, the situation with Barber.

Barber was pulled over by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper in Marion around 10:49 PM on Friday, November 29.

The TCS superintendent, who previously worked as Marion City Schools superintendent, refused to participate in a breathalyzer sobriety test on-scene, according to court records.

A demand for a trial by jury was requested by Barber’s attorney, according to court records.

A pre-trial hearing has been set in the case for February 5, 2020 at 9:30 AM at Marion Municipal Court.

Barber was previously found guilty of OVI in 2017.

This is the second time Barber has been on medical leave this year. Previously, he was on leave from April 17 until June 3.


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