Former PCPD officer faces firearm charge

August 12, 2019 | Courts|Featured|Police

NEWKIRK — A court date is scheduled for former Ponca City police officer Justin Neil Hinch, 37, Ponca City, on Sept. 4 in Kay County District Court.

Hinch is facing a misdemeanor charge of possession of a firearm while intoxicated. Police report in the affidavit that Hinch is accused of grabbing his duty pistol and waving it around while intoxicated and during an argument with a female subject.

The female called a family member for help and then reportedly was able to get Hinch to put the weapon back on his duty belt. She then reportedly locked the belt and weapon in a vehicle. PCPD Lt. Jeff Woodward reports in the affidavit that he spoke to Hinch about the incident. Hinch reportedly stated he had consumed five Long Island Teas and five or six Mike’s Hard Lemonade’s before the incident. He reportedly told Woodward that he does not remember what happened and that he plans to stop drinking.

PCPD spokesman Randy Tyner confirmed today Hinch is no longer employed with the department. Attorney Michael Collins is representing Hinch who is free on an own recognizance bond.

Justin Neil HInch