Chief John Kitchen has entered a not-guilty plea to charges of drinking and driving stemming from an incident last summer.

Kitchen was taken into police custody after a van he was driving went off the highway near Waswanipi’s Band Council office. Three passengers were in the vehicle at the time of the accident, which occurred the morning of July 21 at 4 a.m.

Charges were laid against the chief in November. Kitchen pleaded not guilty at a hearing on Feb. 2 and the trial is set for May 16. The charges carry a maximum fine of $2,000 and/or six months in jail and a minimum fine of $300, according to Amos prosecutor Pierre Desrosiers.