WILLOUGHBY, Ohio - The man accused of causing the crash that killed Willoughby Police Officer Jason Gresko pleaded guilty on Monday.
On Sept. 21, 32-year-old Gresko was responding to Lake Health West Medical Center in Willoughby. Police said the officer was driving north on Harmony Lake when a pickup truck turned into the path of the cruiser. Gresko swerved to avoid the truck and hit a tree.
The driver of the truck, Scott Leland, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence. The toxicology tests showed his blood-alcohol level was .14, which is nearly twice the legal limit.
"He has felt guilty about this from the very beginning and this is the right thing for him to do," said Leland's attorney Jerry Emoff.
Leland was previously charged with endangering children. There were two 13-year-olds in the truck at the time of the crash, but they were not injured.
Gresko worked part time in Willoughby since 2003 and was a full-time officer with the Cleveland Clinic Police Department. He left behind a wife and young daughter.