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Columbus police officer charged with drag racing while impaired

Ohio State Highway Patrol body camera footage
Columbus Police Officer Trier Knieper is charged with OVI - impaired, drag racing and speeding.

A Columbus police officer was due in court Wednesday on charges of drag racing while under the influence.

Court records show Trier Knieper, 27, was arrested on January 3 on Interstate 270 westbound. She’s charged with OVI – impaired, drag racing/street racing, and speeding. Court records said she was driving 100 miles per hour in a 65 miles per hour speed limit zone. She had pleaded not guilty.

Trooper body camera footage shows the trooper asking Knieper to follow a pen with her eyes, and asking if she had any eye issues or had recently suffered a head injury. Knieper said she had not. She was arrested moments later.


Knieper declined to take a breathalyzer test at the scene. Court records show she did not receive a blood or urine test to measure her blood alcohol content.

Another driver, Paige Slyman, is charged with the same offenses. She pleaded guilty last month and is scheduled to be sentenced in April.

Slyman was origianlly stopped by the highway patrol trooper around mile marker 27 on Columbus' Northeast side.

Knieper had a pre-trial hearing scheduled for Wednesday morning before Judge James O’Grady.