Scott Leland charged in death of Willoughby officer Jason Gresko

PAINESVILLE, Ohio - A Lake County grand jury has charged Scott Leland as a result of the Sept. 21 crash that killed Willoughby police officer Jason Gresko.

Leland was served with his indictment Wednesday morning at 11:30 a.m. at the Lake County Sheriff's Department.

The Willoughby Police Department had previously presented results of their investigation to a Lake County grand jury. Toxicology tests conducted as part of the investigation indicated that Leland had a blood alcohol level of .14, which is nearly twice the legal limit in Ohio.

Officer Gresko was responding to a call when dash cam video appeared to show a pickup truck driver pulled in front of the path of Gresko's patrol car.

The officer swerved, striking a tree. Officer Gresko was killed in the crash.

A source told NewsChannel5 the driver of the pickup was dropping off a friend of one of his children and was looking for an address while attempting to pull into the driveway.

Officer Gresko was driving on Harmony Lane with his patrol car lights and flashers on, but no siren was activated.

Willoughby's Police Chief Jack Beckwith said there is no policy that says an officer has to have a siren on if the flashers are on and that it's up to the officer's discretion.

Officer Gresko was 32 years old and was also a Cleveland Clinic police officer.

At 3:30 p.m., the Cleveland Clinic released the following statement:

"The Cleveland Clinic and its Police Department appreciate the dedication of the law enforcement agencies which resulted in the indictment and hope the judicial process will bring some comfort and closure to the Gresko family."

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