Eaton Fire Department lieutenant arrested for OVI, faces later court date


EATON — An Eaton Fire Department lieutenant was arrested over the weekend after a traffic stop revealed she was driving with a blood alcohol level of nearly twice the legal limit.

Rolinda Bowman was arrested on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 10:24 p.m., after the Preble County Sheriff’s Department received a call regarding a vehicle driving erratically near Lakengren.

The 46-year-old Bowman was pulled over on Hillcrest Drive near Eaton High School after the responding sheriff’s deputy saw her “travel left to center into the turn lane and continue east on Hillcrest Drive” according to reports.

According to the same report, after failing several field sobriety tests Bowman was taken into custody. A later test revealed a blood alcohol level of .151. The legal limit in Ohio is .08.

Bowman was issued a court date for Monday, Dec. 14, where an attorney entered a not guilty plea and a trial was set for a later date. Bowman was granted an ALS which will allow her to continue to drive until the trial is completed.

The Eaton Fire Department has placed Bowman on administrative leave indefinitely, according to a press release issued by the department.

“We are aware of Rolinda Bowman’s recent arrest,” the statement began. “Ms. Bowman has been forthcoming and cooperative about the incident. Ms. Bowman has been placed on paid administrative leave indefinitely. We are awaiting incident reports from the Preble County Sheriff’s Office to begin our investigation of the incident. We will apply applicable policies of the City in an appropriate manner. We hope a final resolution will come soon; it will be at that time we will determine the impact the recent incident will have.”

According to reports, Bowman has been arrested two previous times for suspicion of OVI, once in 2006 in Preble County and again in September of 2010 in Perry Township. She was not convicted for OVI in either of the previous incidents.

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By Austin Schmidt

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