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Former Cortland police chief pleads not guilty to 'hit skip' charges

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BAZETTA TWP., Ohio -

The former chief of police and longtime Cortland officer has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges alleging that he caused property damage after driving off the road. 

Former chief Gary Mink, 61, appeared in court on Wednesday to face charges filed against him by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. 

Mink is facing one charge each of "hit-skip" and failing to maintain reasonable control. 

According to a report from officers, the charges stem from a June 24th incident in which several witnesses called the police to report a Jeep that went off the road. 

Police say they received calls shortly after 6:30 p.m. on the 24th that a Jeep had gone off the side of State Route 46. 

Officers say they saw tire tracks where a vehicle had traveled off the side of the road, down a ditch, over a culvert, and back on the roadway. 

A report claims officers found a front fender from the passenger side of a jeep and a fog light. 

Investigators say they also noticed mug and grooves in the road which led to Southdale Boulevard. 

Officer say that when they drove down the street they found Mink sitting outside in a chair, with an orange Jeep nearby very low to the ground. 

Mink allegedly told officers that he was fine and just had a flat tire. However, officers say Mink was slurring his words and was using his hands to attempt to show officers his telephone number. 

Police could not arrest Mink at the time since he was not in the vehicle but contacted the Ohio State Highway Patrol who continued the investigation. 

Bazetta Police say that despite the fact that Mink did not hit any other vehicles, he is charged with "hit-skip" because there was property damage done. 

Mink was first hired with the Cortland Police Department in 1979 according to city records. 

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