COPS ARREST OSU SURGEON IMPAIRED BEHIND THE WHEEL DRIVING TO WORK
When Westerville Police stopped Dr. Andrei Manilchuk at 5:08 a.m. on the morning of May 21 for speeding, the 60-year-old Galena man, wearing light green scrubs, informed officers that he was a surgeon at OSU Wexner Medical Center and had to be at work by six.
Dr. Manilchuk didn’t make it to work that day. Instead, Westerville Police officers arrested him and charged the OSU doctor with OVI (operating a vehicle while impaired) and speeding.
According to the report, police clocked Dr. Manilchuk driving his black 2022 BMW X3 at 69 miles per hour on Polaris Parkway near Cleveland Avenue. The speed limit is 45.
In his report, the officer noted that Dr. Manilchuk’s eyes were bloodshot, smelled of alcohol, and “was clearly impaired.” Dr. Manilchuk, according to the report, also did poorly on the field sobriety test, like standing on one foot at a time. (In the cruiser and body cam video included in this report, you can see Dr. Manilchuk struggled to stand upright and, at one point, nearly fell.)
Dr. Manilchuk told officers he had wine the night before and went to bed around 2 a.m. He didn’t specify how much wine he drank.
OSU spokesperson Marti Leitch says, “The medical center is aware of the charges and has taken appropriate actions. Currently, Dr. Manilchuk is employed but not seeing patients. “
The Ohio Board of Medicine says it’s aware of the incident and will investigate. Board records show that Dr. Manilchuk received his license in 2003, valid until July 1, 2024. His record is void of any Board action.