Suspect Indicted in Crash That Killed Officer
WILLOUGHBY, Ohio — A Lake County grand jury indicted a suspect in the fatal crash that claimed the life of Willoughby Police Officer Jason Gresko.
Scott Leland is charged with three counts of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, three counts of OVI, and two counts of Endangering Children.
Leland pleaded not guilty to the charges Wednesday morning in court. He was released on bond, on the condition that he does not drink or drive.
Willoughby Police Chief Jack Beckwith previously revealed that Leland had a blood alcohol level of .14 percent at the time of the accident. He’s charged with Endangering Children because minors were in the truck during the crash.
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.
– Fox 8 News reporter Lindsay Buckingham contributed to this report.