State representative pleads no contest to DUI charge

MENTOR, Ohio - A state representative pleaded no contest to a drunken driving charge on Friday after his car rear-ended another car, injuring the other driver.

State Rep. Timothy Cassell, a Madison Democrat, was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to serve two days of community service and fined about $1,000. His driver's license was suspended for six months, with work privileges after 15 days.

Cassell, 36, who faces re-election in November, apologized in a statement.

"I made a big error in judgment, and I am taking responsibility for my actions," he said.

Mentor police accused Cassell of causing a rear-end collision shortly after midnight Friday on a road near an entrance ramp to state Route 2, causing a minor neck injury to Amanda Nebbia, 20.

The woman told police Cassell tried to drive away but skidded off the road ahead of her car. Police Capt. John Jaros said the evidence did not prove a hit-skip, and Cassell told

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he was trying to clear his vehicle from the road after the crash.

Cassell failed field sobriety tests but declined to take a breath test, police said.

Mentor is about 25 miles east of Cleveland.

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