Official facing OWI charge resigns from sheriff's merit board

2013-05-30T22:30:00Z 2013-05-30T22:58:12Z Official facing OWI charge resigns from sheriff's merit boardTimes Staff nwitimes.com
May 30, 2013 10:30 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | A member of the sheriff's police merit board facing charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated resigned Thursday, Lake County Sheriff John Buncich said.

Douglas J. Strayer, 39, of Crown Point, works for Iron Workers Local 395 and is one of five members of the county police merit board, which oversees disciplinary matters of 170 county police officers.

Buncich said Strayer was a member of the board for a year and a half. He said Strayer resigned Thursday afternoon.

"It was his decision to make," he said.

Strayer was arrested Saturday after Crown Point police received a report of a black sport utility vehicle weaving and driving off the right side of North Street. A Crown Point officer reported Strayer suggested a bribe to avoid jail.

The officer said Strayer presented him with the Lake County Sheriff Deputy Identification, according to a report.

Buncich said Wednesday he gave Strayer a deputy sheriff commission because of his position on the merit board and didn't think Strayer was using his position to avoid jail time.

Strayer could not be reached late Thursday for comment.

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