Cleveland officer pleads not guilty after testing positive for cocaine use at work

His arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 8:30 a.m.

Cleveland officer pleads not guilty after testing positive for cocaine use at work
His arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 8:30 a.m. (WOIO)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland Police Officer James Hummel, 50, tested positive for cocaine after a random drug test on Aug. 23, 2018.

Internal affairs conducted the investigation and charged Hummel on Oct. 9 with using weapons while intoxicated.

According to Jeff Follmer, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, Hummel is currently enrolled in a rehab program.

Hummel has been placed on restricted duty until the court case is resolved.

According to Jeff Follmer, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, Hummel has since entered a drug and alcohol rehab center to get help with addiction issues.

Follmer said Hummel is a victim of the city "overcharging officers with crimes that they would not charge regular citizens."

Hummel is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 8. at 9 a.m.

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