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Cleveland officer charged, on restricted duty after testing positive for cocaine

Posted at 2:23 PM, Oct 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-10 14:45:34-04

A Cleveland police officer has been charged for carrying a firearm after failing a drug test that came back positive for the presence of cocaine, according to court records.

Officer James Hummel, 50, has been charged with using weapons while intoxicated, a first-degree misdemeanor.

According to Jeff Follmer, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, following the test, Hummel entered a drug and alcohol rehab center and is working on his addiction problem.

Court records indicate that on Aug. 23, Hummel submitted to a drug test during the work day and failed.

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

"People have addictions and problems, and police officers are human beings," Follmer said.

The officer has been placed on restricted duty until the court case is adjudicated. Hummel was issued a summons and is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 23.