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Charges against Auburn deputy chief, accused of driving impaired by alcohol, reduced

Roger Anthony/ Photo courtesy Auburn Police Department

The Deputy Chief of the Auburn Police Department has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.

Roger Anthony, 44, appeared before a judge in the Town of Aurelius Wednesday evening. Anthony was facing a charge of DWI, but that charge was reduced Wednesday to Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol.

That charge is traffic infraction; Anthony was previously facing misdemeanor charges.

"This is a mark against him. He'll have to face that mark, he'll have to face the community directly. He will do that," said defense attorney Rome Canzano. "He is humbled by it and I am certain he will never engage in this behavior again."

Anthony paid a $500 ticket and is required to take classes before his driving privileges are fully restored, which should happen in 90 days.

The trouble for Anthony began earlier this month when he crashed his car into a ditch. After the crash Anthony was arrested and subsequently placed on administrative leave without pay.

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