MACEDONIA — A Cuyahoga Falls man will spend more than two years in prison in connection with a traffic crash that injured a Macedonia police officer this past Christmas Eve.
Eleanora Drive resident James J. Marshall, 57, pleaded guilty Tuesday to third-degree felony aggravated vehicular assault and first-degree misdemeanor operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, said James Pollack, spokesman for the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office.
Judge Kelly McLaughlin sentenced Marshall to 30 months in prison and suspended his driver’s license for seven years. Pollack said a second OVI charge in an indictment was dismissed as part of a plea deal.
According to Pollack and Macedonia police, Police Officer Jason Hetrick was in his cruiser at the side of Interstate 271 northbound between Ledge Road and the Cuyahoga County line assisting another police officer on a traffic stop when the crash occurred at 5:05 p.m. Dec. 24. There were three Macedonia police cruisers with lights flashing at the scene when Marshall’s vehicle struck Hetrick’s cruiser. Hetrick was taken to Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights for treatment of a concussion and muscle strains.
A crash report said Marshall’s blood alcohol content level measured at 0.309 percent, nearly four times the 0.08-percent legal limit. The Summit County Sheriff’s Office, which investigated the crash, reported it found open containers of vodka in Marshall’s vehicle.
Marshall’s attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.
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