Not guilty plea after OVI arrest of off-duty Medina Township police officer

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MEDINA, Ohio — A Medina Township police officer was due in Medina Municipal Court Friday morning following an arrest on St. Patrick’s Day.

But, instead, his attorney entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

It was just after 11 p.m. on March 17 when a witness called Medina police and reported that a man appeared to be passed out in a car in the 900 block of Beechwood Drive.

Officers discovered that the man slumped behind the wheel was veteran Medina Township Police Patrolman Cliff Nicholson. The 42-year-old was arrested on a charge of operating a vehicle while under the influence.

Medina Police Chief Ed Kinney told FOX 8 that Officer Nicholson refused to take a breathalyzer test and that, as a result, his license has automatically been suspended.

Cliff Nicholson has been a Medina Township patrolman since 2004, and has been honored a number of times for his enforcement of traffic laws, and his police biography reads “as of 2013, he holds an oath with the Medina County OVI Task Force.”


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