A Cuyahoga Falls man accused of hitting a veteran Macedonia police officer’s cruiser and injuring the officer on Christmas Eve pleaded not guilty to charges Friday in Stow Municipal Court.

James Marshall, 56, appeared before Judge Kim Hoover on two charges of 2nd OVI/BAC, open container prohibited, speed/assured clear distance and approach to safety vehicle, all misdemeanors, according to court records.

He was released on a recognizance bond, was ordered not to drive, not to use alcohol or unprescribed drugs and must wear a SCRAM alcohol monitoring system.

A pretrial hearing has been set for Jan. 7 and a trial for Feb. 4. Marshall has requested a public defender for his case.

The police officer was injured while working on Dec. 24 when Marshall hit his cruiser, according to Macedonia police. The officer was assisting another officer at a traffic stop at Interstate 271 northbound, north of Ledge Road Bridge and south of the Cuyahoga County line about 5:05 p.m.

According to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, open containers of vodka and a juice bottle that contained vodka were found in the vehicle.

 The report says the result of a blood alcohol test from Marshall was a 0.309. The legal limit to drive in Ohio is 0.08. 

The Macedonia officer was taken to Hillcrest Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.