Piqua cop faces firearms charge


Augustine already facing OVI for wrecking cruiser

By Sam Wildow - swildow@aimmediamidwest.com



Courtesy of the Piqua Police Department Piqua police officer Justin Augustine gets processed for an OVI charge on Oct. 27, after wrecking a patrol cruiser while on duty.

Courtesy of the Piqua Police Department Piqua police officer Justin Augustine gets processed for an OVI charge on Oct. 27, after wrecking a patrol cruiser while on duty.


MIAMI COUNTY — A firearms charge was filed against a Piqua police officer this week who is already facing an OVI charge after wrecking his patrol cruiser last weekend.

Officer Justin W. Augustine, 38, of Troy, was charged with fifth-degree felony improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle.

The charge was filed on Thursday in Miami County Municipal Court. Augustine is scheduled to be arraigned on that charge on Nov. 7, in Miami County Municipal Court.

Augustine is already facing an OVI charge and a citation of operating a vehicle without being in reasonable control of vehicle after he wrecked his patrol cruiser on Oct. 27. Augustine is currently on paid administrative leave while an internal investigation is underway.

On Oct. 27, at approximately 7:30 p.m., Augustine self-reported a crash on private property to his supervisor. The crash took place in the rear parking lot of the former Piqua Board of Education office at 719 E. Ash St. Augustine reportedly struck a flatbed semi-trailer loaded with concrete barriers used to separate lanes in road construction areas. The trailer had damage to a light fixture on the front right corner, and Augustine’s patrol cruiser had significant damage to the passenger side of the vehicle.

An officer observed that Augustine’s eyes “were bloodshot and red and that his speech was slow and slurred,” according to Piqua police reports. A Four Loko Gold 14 percent alcohol per volume malt beverage can was later located in the driver’s door of Augustine’s personal vehicle. An empty can of the same beverage was also found near the crash scene.

Augustine refused all drug and alcohol tests after the incident.

In other news:

A Piqua man was arraigned in Miami County Municipal Court this week for allegedly offering a 10-year-old oral sex.

Levi R. Brubaker, 19, of Piqua, was arraigned on third-degree felony importuning on Wednesday.

Brubaker was charged after he reportedly messaged a 10-year-old victim, offering the victim oral sex while knowing that the victim was underage, according to Miami County Municipal Court records. The messages were sent through Facebook Messenger.

Brubaker’s bond was originally set at $10,000 before being modified to an OR (own recognizance) bond, and he was released from the Miami County Jail.

A preliminary hearing for Brubaker was scheduled for Nov. 7.

The following people were recently sentenced in Miami County Municipal Court:

• Chad M. Abbott, 37, of Piqua, received a fine and suspended jail time for second-degree misdemeanor criminal damaging. Abbott was originally charged in connection with a report of an irate employee at CMC Management who left the parking lot squealing tires and throwing rocks, causing damage to the parking lot and another employee’s vehicle on Commerce Drive on Sept. 20.

• Jessica L. Blount, 22, of Troy, received two years of probation, a fine, and suspended jail time for first-degree misdemeanor assault.

• Anthony L. Brown, 28, who has previous addresses in Troy and Dayton, received one year of probation, a fine, and suspended jail time for third-degree misdemeanor criminal mischief, amended down from first-degree misdemeanor child endangering, and for a separate charge of first-degree misdemeanor receiving stolen property, amended down from fourth-degree felony receiving stolen property.

• Angela N. Craft, 38, of Troy, received two years of probation, a fine, and suspended jail time for second-degree misdemeanor attempted child endangering, amended down from first-degree misdemeanor child endangering.

• Carl T. Crawford, 23, of Sidney, received 30 days in jail for fourth-degree misdemeanor unauthorized use of property, amended down from first-degree misdemeanor theft, and fourth-degree misdemeanor possession of a drug abuse instrument.

• Dillon J.L. Gregg, 25, of Piqua, received two years of probation, a fine, and suspended jail time for third-degree misdemeanor criminal mischief, amended down from second-degree misdemeanor criminal damaging.

• Audrey A. Kelley, 41, of Christiansburg, received a fine for fourth-degree misdemeanor disorderly conduct, amended down from first-degree misdemeanor falsification.

• Donald R. Macinnes, 53, of Piqua, received a fine and suspended jail time for fourth-degree misdemeanor disorderly conduct, amended down from second-degree misdemeanor criminal damaging.

• Trinity L. McComas, 19, of Tipp City, received a fine for fourth-degree misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

• Matthew L. Messer, 20, of Dayton, received a fine and suspended jail time for first-degree misdemeanor possession of drugs, amended down from fifth-degree felony possession of drugs.

• Dusten L. Mowen, 25, of Troy, received a fine for third-degree misdemeanor stream litter.

• Alex A. Pizzo, 23, of Troy, received a fine and suspended jail time for fourth-degree misdemeanor unauthorized use of property, amended down from first-degree misdemeanor theft.

• Darrion Kristopher Alan Pressley, 26, of Laura, received a fine and suspended jail time for first-degree misdemeanor obstructing official business, amended down from fourth-degree felony disrupting public services.

• Juliann M. Price, 54, of West Milton, received a fine and suspended jail time for fourth-degree misdemeanor unauthorized use of property, amended down from first-degree misdemeanor theft.

• Michael A. Sowers, 60, of Dayton, received two years of probation, a fine, and suspended jail time for first-degree misdemeanor theft.

• Jeffrey Tribbett, 44, of Anna, received one year of probation, a fine, and suspended jail time for first-degree misdemeanor theft.

• Michael R. Walter II, 24, of Troy, received two years of probation, a fine, and suspended jail time for first-degree misdemeanor having a weapon while under the influence.

Courtesy of the Piqua Police Department Piqua police officer Justin Augustine gets processed for an OVI charge on Oct. 27, after wrecking a patrol cruiser while on duty.
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2018/11/web1_PO-Justin-Augustine-being-processed-for-OVI.jpgCourtesy of the Piqua Police Department Piqua police officer Justin Augustine gets processed for an OVI charge on Oct. 27, after wrecking a patrol cruiser while on duty.
Augustine already facing OVI for wrecking cruiser

By Sam Wildow

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