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Ohio Lawmaker Accused of Being Drunk with a Firearm in His Vehicle Faces One Less Charge

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Republican Representative Wes Retherford dodges felony weapons charges

The state lawmaker who allegedly was discovered drunk in March  in a Cincinnati area McDonald's with a weapon has escaped felony weapons charges.

A Butler County grand jury has indicted Republican Rep. Wes Retherford on a drunk-driving charge, but it didn’t indict him on a more serious felony charge of improperly handling a firearm in a vehicle. 

Last month, Retherford was arrested after officers found him, apparently passed out, behind the wheel of his pick-up truck at a McDonald’s drive-thru. A deputy stated in the police report that the lawmaker nearly fell over while trying to perform a field sobriety test.

Had he been indicted on that -th degree felony charge, Retherford could have been removed from his seat in the Ohio House. Though state and county Republicans have been calling on him to resign, it doesn’t appear he'll quit.