PIQUA — Body camera footage following the incident where a Piqua police officer wrecked his patrol cruiser on Saturday evening showed officer Justin Augustine, 38, of Troy, being processed for an OVI refusal charge after refusing to take an alcohol and drug test.
Augustine swore obscenities repeatedly at Lt. Rick Byron of the Piqua Police Department, offering limited cooperation about possibly being intoxicated and his own state of mind.
In the beginning, Augustine repeatedly stated “I’m done” to Byron, saying that he did not need to call someone to come pick him up from the police station and that he “can drive fine.”
Augustine later admitted that he was drunk earlier in the day, but denied being drunk in that moment. He also continued to refuse to take an alcohol and drug test.
Byron is instructed to treat Augustine’s refusal like a “normal OVI,” so Byron advised Augustine that he was under arrest for OVI and read test refusal consequences to him.
Byron later noted in his body camera footage that Augustine made a comment, “I might as well be dead.” Byron described Augustine as “totally insubordinate.’ Byron also noted that Augustine was not wearing his bullet proof vest, saying that Augustine “drove for an hour without a vest.”
There was no cruiser camera footage available of the Augustine’s patrol cruiser being wrecked as Augustine did not have the camera turned on.