Police: Man who walked into cruiser was drunk

Springfield Police

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – Springfield police released test results of a man who they say walked into the side of a police cruiser and died.

The tests reveal that Steven Rintamaki, 45, had a blood alcohol level of .30 which is four times the legal limit.

Brian Aller, Lieutenant for the Ohio State Patrol in Springfield, says this event didn’t have to happen.

“At a 3-0 I would say he probably consumed alcohol quite frequently. Some people might actually be able to function at a 3-0,” Aller noted.
Aller says Rintamacki went in to a grocery store to buy several bottles of alcohol. After the purchase, a Springfield police cruiser hit him while  jaywalking across the street.
“It’s a minor misdemenor, but in this case especially, it carried the penalty of death,” Aller said.
Rintamacki died of his injuries. Springfield Officer Andrew Scott was injured in the crash, but has recovered.
“He’s going to be thinking about it for a long time. And as with any fatal crash, if someone dies in it, we feel for the family,” Aller added, “That’s one of the hardest parts of this job. Is to do death notifications.”
A full report was also done on Officer Scott. No drugs or alcohol was present in his system at the of the accident.
Aller says the police car being involved in the death was coincidental. Officer Andrew Scott was trying to stop another car when the incident happened.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is handling the ongoing investigation. They are currently waiting on reconstruction results.

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