Driver admits to drinking to vodka, rear-ends Boardman cruiser

A blood alcohol test on the driver revealed a .223 reading, nearly three times the legal limit.

Driver admits to drinking vodka, rear-ends Boardman cruiser

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – The driver of a Ford Escape told police he was sorry and that he had been drinking vodka Saturday night before he plowed into the rear of a Boardman police cruiser.

The incident happened at about 8:53 p.m. on South Avenue, near Mathews Road.

According to a police report, Gregory Fleischer, 58, hit the back of a cruiser driven by Patrolman Jacob Lape. Lape suffered minor injuries to his head and neck, according to a police report. Fleischer was not injured.

A blood alcohol test on Fleischer revealed a .223 reading, nearly three times the legal limit.

Fleischer told police he had been home drinking vodka. A spilled drink was found on the floor of Fleischer’s vehicle and liquid was splashed across the dashboard.

Fleischer was charged with OVI, open container, and assured clear distance. He is scheduled to appear in court March 1.

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