Auburn Deputy Police Chief Roger Anthony appeared in Town of Aurelius Court on Wednesday night and entered a guilty plea in front of Judge Raymond Lockwood III to a charge of Driving While Ability Impaired.
Anthony was arrested by State Police following a minor single-vehicle accident early on the morning of April 2. He was charged with first-offense DWI and aggravated DWI. Attorney Rome Canzano and Stueben County District Attorney Brooks Baker, who was appointed as a Special Prosecutor in this case, reached an agreement that allowed the 20-year veteran to plead to the lesser charge.
Anthony was fined $500 and his license was suspended for 90 days. He remains on unpaid administrative leave. Canzano says he will meet in the near future with City Manager Jeff Dygert, Police Chief Shawn Butler and City Corporation Counsel John Rossi.
According to Canzano, Deputy Chief Anthony regrets his actions and intends to make amends for what he called “his poor decision.”