June 25, 2016

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Volunteer cop pleads not guilty to drug charges

MEDINA — A former Wakeman volunteer police officer who flashed his badge after a November hit-skip accident in Brunswick pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges concerning false documents to obtain drugs.

Joshua Wilke

Joshua Wilke, 36, of 616 Birch Hill Drive, was indicted earlier this month on two counts of illegal processing of drug documents, fourth-degree felonies.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Wilke on June 17 and he was released June 18 on $20,000 bond. In March, Wilke pleaded guilty to one count of impersonating a peace officer, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, and reckless operation, a minor misdemeanor — charges that stem from the hit-skip incident.

Wilke is scheduled to be sentenced for the misdemeanors July 11 in Medina Municipal Court, and has a trial date of Aug. 28 in common pleas court on the felony charges.

Wilke was driving south Nov. 19 on Pearl Road in Brunswick when his vehicle struck the rear of another. After the accident, both vehicles pulled into a gas station in the 1500 block of Pearl Road, and Wilke showed the other driver his police badge from the Wakeman Police Department, where he was a volunteer.

Before he could be identified, Wilke left the gas station, driving south on Pearl.

Detective Brian Schmitt previously said although Wilke’s badge was real, he told the other driver he was a Brunswick officer, which is why he was charged with impersonating a peace officer.

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