Man accused of crashing into Macedonia police cruiser while driving drunk pleads not guilty

SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio — The man accused of crashing into a police officer’s cruiser after driving a vehicle while intoxicated  plead not guilty at his arraignment Friday morning.

A Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested James Marshall, 56, of Cuyahoga Falls, Monday evening.

The Macedonia police officer, who has not been identified, was responding to a traffic stop on I-271 northbound around 5 p.m. when Marshall crashed into the rear, left corner panel of the officer’s cruiser, according to an incident report. Macedonia police said the veteran officer was taken to Hillcrest Hospital for evaluation and had “non-life-threatening injuries.” He has since been released.

The incident report stated Marshall smelled of alcohol, had an open container of vodka in his car and registered a blood alcohol content of .309, or nearly four times the legal limit.

Marshall was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and also charged under Ohio’s Move Over law, which requires drivers to move over or else slow down for stopped police officers and other official vehicles with flashing lights.

At Friday’s arraignment the judge declared that Marshall is not permitted to use alcohol or drugs in anyway that is not prescribed to him.  The judge also ordered that he wear a monitor on his leg to ensure that he has not consumed alcohol of any kind at any time.

Marshall lost his driving privileges; he is not permitted to drive anywhere at anytime.

Marshall is out on bond. His pre-trial date is set for January 7 at 12 p.m.

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