NORTON SHORES, Mich. — An autopsy shows that a western Michigan police officer had the prescription antidepressant paroxetine and caffeine in his system at the time his patrol car crashed into a tree.
MLive.com reports Friday that a Michigan State Police report obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request says Norton Shores officer Jonathan Ginka’s blood tested positive for the substances.
Paroxetine is used to treat depression, anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Ginka was traveling at 46 mph and didn’t brake until the last second before his cruiser struck the tree on May 10, killing him. He was wearing a seat belt. His death was ruled accidental.
State police said last month that the cause of the crash remained unknown.
Information from: The Muskegon Chronicle, http://www.mlive.com/muskegon