Copley's police chief issues a report supporting his officer's findings when he discovered an Akron Judge and a public defender partially clothed inside a car that smelled of alcohol.
The Beacon Journal reports Police Chief Michael Mier conducted an internal investigation two weeks after the attorney of Akron Municipal Judge Joy Malek Oldfield said the report was fabricated.
Mier disagreed and says the report made by Patrolman Thomas Ballinger was not fabricated and he did not have a political motive to embellish it.
Following the investigation, Mier also released transcripts of texts messages sent between officers about the incident.
On Feb. 5., Ballinger found public defender Catherine Loya in a car with Oldfield outside a strip mall around 1:45 a.m.
Ballinger reported he had observed a woman's head come up from the back seat and look out the rear window. His report says two women put their clothes on and moved to the front seat.
Loya was arrested for drunken driving-related charges after she refused to step out of the car to take a breath test. Her driving licence was suspended.
Loya has since been reassigned to another courtroom.
The Akron Bar Association is also investigating the incident and may send the case to the Ohio Supreme Court.
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