Girard fire chief pleads not guilty to DUI charge

GIRARD – Fire Chief Ken Bornemiss pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol when he was involved in an accident early Saturday.

Bornemiss entered his plea in Municipal Court and was released on a $2,500 personal recognizance bond. A court spokeswoman said his next court date has not yet been set.

Mayor James Melfi said Bornemiss was off Monday and a decision on his status will not be made until the case winds it way through the courts.

Bornemiss could not be reached for comment.

Police reports state officers were called to a two-car accident at South State Street and Wilson Avenue about 12:50 a.m. Saturday and that the accident was caused by Bornemiss because he failed to yield for a stop sign.

Bornemiss declined to take a field sobriety test and was taken to the police station, where he agreed to take a breath test.

He registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.248 on that test, according to police reports. In Ohio, the legal limit to be considered driving impaired is 0.08.

Bornemiss was given a ride home after he was charged. He also faces charges for running a stop sign.

No one was injured in the accident.

Bornemiss was off duty at the time and was in his own vehicle, police said.