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Autopsy: Officer had anti-depressant in system before crash

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. 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. 

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