911’s Cook pleads no contest to charges in accident
WARREN – Trumbull County 911 Director Ernest Cook on Wednesday pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor charges in Eastern District Court linked to a Brookfield Township accident on July 14, 2018, where a teen skateboarder ran into his car.
Cook, 69, 7144 Wildwood Drive, Brookfield, pleaded no contest to loss of physical control under the influence, a first-degree misdemeanor; and failure to report an accident, a minor misdemeanor. Trumbull County Eastern District Judge Marty Nosich on the first charge gave Cook a suspended 180-day jail term, a $1,000 fine of which $500 was suspended and placed him on a six-month probation. On the second charge, Cook was fined $150 plus $45 in court costs.
Cook previously was police chief in Brookfield and Vienna townships and chief deputy with the Trumbull County Sheriffás Office. Cook’s car was accused of colliding with a 17-year-old skateboarder on Crestwood Drive. Cook didn’t stop after the collision, the Ohio State Highway Patrol report states.