Chief: Driver was Drunk in Officer’s Fatal Crash

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Jason Gresko, 32.

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio — The driver of a pickup truck involved in the accident that killed Willoughby Police Officer Jason Gresko was legally drunk, investigators said Wednesday.

According to Willoughby Police Chief Jack Beckwith, the driver, whose name has not been released, had a blood alcohol level of .14 percent.

The legal limit is .08 percent.

Charges have not yet been filed, but the case is now in the hands of the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office. It will also be presented to the grand jury.

Officer Gresko was responding to help a fellow officer September 21 when a truck that appeared to be yielding made a left-hand turn on Harmony Lane. Gresko swerved to avoid the truck, then spun into a tree.

Gresko’s emergency lights were activated at the time of the crash.

The 32-year-old officer was married with a 2-year-old daughter.

In addition to his work with the Willoughby Police Department, Gresko was also a full-time officer with the Cleveland Clinic Police Department.

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