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Officer Epperhart wins MADD Award for OVI Arrests

Four Hilliard police officers pose for a photo at the MADD ceremony, where Officer Epperhart was recognized for leading the agency in OVI arrests.

A Hilliard police officer was recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for her outstanding efforts to remove impaired drivers from roadways.

Officer Danielle Epperhart received the Award of Excellence during the MADD Central Ohio Honoring Our Heroes Law Enforcement Recognition Luncheon on Dec. 13.

The event is designed to honor the most outstanding law enforcement officers, criminal justice professionals and citizens of central Ohio for their dedication in the fight against drunk and drugged driving.

Epperhart, who joined the City of Hilliard Division of Police in 2021, is a third-shift patrol officer. Since the beginning of the year, she has made 27 OVI arrests, leading the agency.

She was nominated for the award by her supervisor, Sergeant Josh Cohill.

“She has learned to identify an impaired driver just like a seasoned veteran,” Cohill said. “She has shown dedication and commitment to removing impaired drivers from Ohio’s roadways, making everyone safer due to her actions.”

The mission of MADD is to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes, and prevent underage drinking.

“One death or injury caused by impaired driving is one too many. This is one crime that is 100 percent preventable,” said Chief of Police Michel Woods. “We encourage residents to make safe choices this holiday season by planning ahead when celebrations include alcohol.”

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