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SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio - The man accused of crashing into a police officer's cruiser after driving a vehicle while intoxicated faces new charges.

A Macedonia police officer, who has not been identified, was responding to a traffic stop on I-271 northbound around 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve when James 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.

On January 15, Marshall was also charged with aggravated vehicular assault, which is a felony.

He's been booked in the Summit County jail.

See the dashcam video from one of our previous reports by clicking the video above.

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