Toxicology outcomes say Milwaukee Police Officer James J. Nowak was intoxicated when he was concerned in a crash with a semitruck in Oak Creek that ultimately took his life.

Nowak’s blood alcohol content material was 0.241%, based on a Jan. 4 assertion from Karen Domagalski, operations supervisor on the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Workplace. The authorized restrict is 0.08%.

Domagalski added, “the trigger and method of loss of life is pending.”

Nowak, 30, was concerned in a crash with a semitruck on Dec. 3 within the 6600 block of South Pennsylvania Avenue in Oak Creek. Authorities confirmed the truck was doing a U-turn when the crash occurred.

Nowak’s father-in-law, Dennis Bratel, owns a tavern in Milwaukee and informed the Journal Sentinel Nowak was there watching a Inexperienced Bay Packers recreation previous to the crash.

The motive force and passenger of the semitruck weren’t injured and remained on scene, police stated.

Nowak succumbed to his injuries on Dec. 7.

A growing memorial for Milwaukee Police Officer James J. Nowak is seen at the intersection of South Pennsylvania Avenue and Oak Street in Oak Creek, Wis.

A rising memorial for Milwaukee Police Officer James J. Nowak is seen on the intersection of South Pennsylvania Avenue and Oak Road in Oak Creek, Wis.

Metropolis data state Nowak joined the Milwaukee Police Division in 2011. He was partnered with Officer Peter Jerving, who was shot and killed in February 2023 making an attempt to apprehend a suspect in Milwaukee.

A GoFundMe for Nowak’s family to help cover final expenses has raised practically $75,000 with near 1,000 donations. The fundraiser stated, “Jimmy was a loving husband, son, brother, brother in-law, grandson, nephew, and uncle.”

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