WHIO-TV: Meteorologist resigns position

WHIO-TV meteorologist Jamie Simpson pleads guilty to OVI charge in Greene County. (WDTN Photo/Eric Pointer)
WHIO-TV meteorologist Jamie Simpson pleads guilty to OVI charge in Greene County. (WDTN Photo/Eric Pointer)

UPDATE: According to WHIO.com, Chief Meteorologist Jamie Simpson resigned his position with WHIO-TV and plans to take a sabbatical from broadcasting to focus on his family.

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XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – The chief meteorologist for WHIO-TV pleaded guilty to an OVI charge.

Jamie Simpson appeared in Greene County Court Tuesday.

He took a plea deal offered by prosecutors in early January that includes a misdemeanor OVI charge and drops a stop sign violation.

Simpson was sentenced to 180 days in jail, but 177 were suspended.  He already completed a 30-day treatment program that will cover the other three days, so no time behind bars. He must also pay a $475 fine and court costs.

Prosecutors say Simpson took responsibility for the crash in November 2014. He crashed his car into a field on East Spring Valley Paintersville Road and U.S. 68. He spent some time in the hospital recovering from his injuries.

A police report indicated that Simpson’s blood alcohol level at the time of the crash was .228, nearly three times the legal limit of .08.

That report says Simpson told a trooper he was drinking vodka before he took the wheel.

His driving privileges are restricted to trips to and from work for the next year.

Simpson must now meet with a probation officer on January 28 to set the terms of probation.

2 NEWS reached out to WHIO-TV for comment.  They declined to comment.

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