Cincinnati, Ohio cop Justin Shields pleads not guilty to OVI

Justin Shields, 25, of College Hill, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, United States is a Cincinnati Police Department officer. On April 14, 2023, he was driving on Interstate 275 in Clermont County, Ohio when he was pulled over by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper.

Shields rolled down his drivers side window. After handing the OSHP trooper his license, he quickly showed the trooper a Cincinnati Police Department badge.


When asked by the trooper about drinking, Shields repeatedly said he had “literally nothing” to drink. The cop explained to the trooper that he had dropped off a friend who had been drinking and was driving himself and a passenger to his home. 

Initially, Shields refused any operating a vehicle while impaired (OVI) tests. Later, he agreed to a field sobriety test and when the trooper had him walk heel to toe for several steps, he had to put a foot out of line to control his balance. 


After failing the field sobriety test, Shields was arrested. He was charged with OVI and cited for speeding.

On April 21, 2023, Shields pleaded guilty to OVI. He is currently still a Cincinnati Police Department officer but his police powers have been temporarily suspended pending the outcome of the case, the department’s spokesperson Lieutenant Jonathan Cunningham confirmed on April 24, 2023.

After Shields’ arrest, he was assigned to an administrative assignment. On April 27, 2023, he will be back in court.

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