A Niagara County emergency room doctor who was arrested on a federal misdemeanor cocaine charge denies the allegations and denies using drugs, his attorney said on Wednesday.

Dr. Daniel Gillick, 62, of Youngstown, is a “good doctor, a caring and compassionate man, who has saved lives and helped countless people,” said his attorney, Frank M. Bogulski. “He denies these charges, and my own investigation indicates he is innocent.”

Bogulski’s statement was the first public comment made in behalf of Gillick, who was arrested on Nov. 27 by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and other police agencies. Police accused the doctor and a young woman who was staying with him of possessing crack cocaine in the doctor’s home.

Gillick, a longtime physician who has served in the emergency rooms of hospitals in Western and Central New York, has not worked since his arrest and wants to clear his name, the defense attorney said. He said Gillick was released from jail after posting a $5,000 bond two days after his arrest.

Officials of the DEA and the U.S. Attorney’s office said Gillick is the subject of an ongoing investigation.