A man accused of hitting a veteran Macedonia police officer’s cruiser on Christmas Eve is believed to have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

The Macedonia Police officer, whose name has not been released, was injured while working on Dec. 24 when a 56-year-old Cuyahoga Falls man hit his cruiser, according to Macedonia police. The officer was assisting another officer at a traffic stop at Interstate 271 northbound, north of Ledge Road Bridge and south of the Cuyahoga county line about 5:05 p.m.

The Cuyahoga Falls man was charged with having an open liquor container, a minor misdemeanor, driving while under the influence of alcohol, a first-degree misdemeanor, driving under the influence/failing a breathalyzer test, a first-degree misdemeanor, and approaching a public safety vehicle with caution, a minor misdemeanor.

The Cuyahoga Falls man was arrested by a Summit County Sheriff’s deputy for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

According to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, open containers of vodka and a juice bottle that contained vodka were also found in the vehicle.

The report says that the result of a blood alcohol test from the Cuyahoga Falls man was a 0.309. The legal limit to drive in Ohio is 0.08.

The Macedonia officer was taken to Hillcrest Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.