Seneca County Commissioner Tyler Shuff in jail for probation violation
Tiffin, Ohio — Seneca County Commissioner Tyler Shuff has been incarcerated at the Seneca County Jail since Thursday due to a probation violation, according to jail records obtained by TiffinOhio.net.
Shuff, 37, was placed on probation after being arrested for drunk driving in December 2021. Last month, his probation was extended until Feb. 1, 2024 after he was found guilty of violating its terms.
Court documents indicate that Shuff violated his probation on Jan. 10, 2023, when he attempted to start his vehicle while the ignition interlock device registered a positive alcohol reading, which prevented the vehicle from starting.
On Feb. 1, visiting Judge Paul G. Lux found Shuff guilty of violating his probation and sentenced him to six days in jail during a probable cause hearing. It is unclear if his current incarceration is related to this violation, as he was initially required to report for his jail sentence on April 1, 2023.
Shuff is scheduled to be released on Sunday, March 12, according to jail records.
Shuff’s initial arrest took place on Dec. 27, 2021, after he was pulled over by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper for failing to use a turn signal while driving a black 2020 Dodge Ram pickup truck on Water Street.
During the traffic stop, the trooper suspected Shuff was intoxicated and administered a breathalyzer test, which showed a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.228, nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08. Shuff was subsequently charged with operating a vehicle while impaired (OVI) and a turn signal violation.
On April 18, 2022, Shuff pleaded no contest to the charges and was found guilty, resulting in a 90-day jail sentence with 84 days suspended. However, his sentence was stayed pending appeal. The Ohio Third District Court of Appeals rejected his appeal in November 2022.
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