Drunk driver accused of hitting police cruiser still hospitalize - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Drunk driver accused of hitting police cruiser still hospitalized

Accused drunk driver to appear in court. (Source: WOIO) Accused drunk driver to appear in court. (Source: WOIO)
NEWBURGH HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - The 53-year-old Medina man accused of driving drunk and hitting a Newburgh Heights Police Officer, remains in the hospital.

Troopers charged Salvatore Calo Tuesday evening and he was scheduled to show up in Garfield Heights Muni Court Wednesday morning; however, a MetroHealth Hospital spokesperson says Calo is still a patient.

Calo, who has two previous drunk driving convictions, is listed in good condition at MetroHealth Hospital.

The accident happened Friday, December 12 on I-77. Troopers say Calo slammed into the back of Officer Shawn Finch's cruiser as Officer Finch was attempting to pull over a speeding car.

The 41-year-old officer suffered bruised ribs, a sprained ankle and a concussion.

After the accident Officer Finch spoke with 19 Action News reporter Dan DeRoos and told him that despite being hit, at least he was able to do his job. 

"I do the job I love. I'm out there to serve and protect. And I feel - in kind of a weird way - I did serve and protect that night, and took the hit, instead of a family of four going to dinner or something," explained Finch.

Calo is charged with OVI and driving under suspension. A new court date has not yet been scheduled.

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