Trumbull County Commissioners fire 911 director after his conviction in traffic case

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Police said Ernie Cook did not stop after hitting a teen on a skateboard in 2018 and appeared to be intoxicated when they questioned him at home

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Trumbull County Commissioners voted to fire the county’s 911 director after he was sentenced for hitting a teen on a skateboard in 2018.

Last week, Ernie Cook pleaded no contest and was found guilty to loss of physical control and failure to report an accident charges.

He was sentenced to six months of reporting probation and to pay $650 in fines, plus court costs.

Commissioners met Thursday, and after a lengthy executive session, voted to remove Cook from his position. They appointed Patty Goldner as the interim 911 director.

When contacted by WKBN Thursday, Cook said the Commissioners’ decision would force him to look at his legal options.

Cook was charged after an incident July 14, 2018 when he hit a teenager riding a skateboard on Crestwood Drive in Brookfield.

The teen boy took a corner too fast and ran into Cook’s car, according to a police report. The boy hurt his leg.

Police said Cook did not stop after the crash.

Investigators found Cook at his house about 35 minutes after the crash and said he smelled strongly of alcohol and seemed to be intoxicated.

Cook admitted to driving but said he didn’t realize he hit the teen, saying he thought it may have been a dog or a squirrel, according to the police report. He said he was on his way home when he felt a “bump.”

He told officers he drank two 12-ounce beers when he came home but he did not have anything to drink before the crash, according to the report.

Highway Patrol said he failed a field sobriety test and had a blood-alcohol content of .148.

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