Officer resigns from duty at Salem police after being arrest in Canfield

Staff report

SALEM

A Salem patrol officer who faces a judge in March on impaired driving charges has resigned from his position at the Salem Police Department.

Gary A. Poage, 47, resigned Feb. 15, according to J.T. Panezott, Salem police chief.

Poage was arrested on Feb. 10 by an officer working with the Mahoning County OVI Task Force.

Officers observed the red Pontiac that Poage was driving traveling left of center while driving southwest on Fairground Boulevard in Canfield.

A plastic cup containing “some brownish colored liquid” that police believed to be beer was found in the vehicle along with two empty beer bottles, according to the police report.

His blood-alcohol content was registered at 0.26, more than the 0.08 legal limit in Ohio.

Poage pleaded not guilty to operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol at his arraignment in Mahoning County Area Court in Canfield on Feb. 13 and is scheduled to have a pretrial hearing March 20.

Poage had been with the department since 1993.

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