Woman rear-ends Beavercreek police cruiser in OVI crash

Credit: File photo

Credit: File photo

A 24-year-old Dayton woman’s blood-alcohol level tested at more than three times the legal driving limit early Thursday morning after she rear-ended a Beavercreek police cruiser.

The crash happened around 3:45 a.m. on U.S. 35 East at milepost 44, Capt. Shawn Sumner of the Beavercreek Police Department said.

“Our officer was transported to Soin Medical Center and she was released, after suffering minor injuries. The officer has not returned to duty at this time,” Sumner said Friday morning.

A crash report filed by the Beavercreek Police Department indicates the driver of a 2018 Hyundai Elantra — identified as Kennedi Kyzer — was traveling behind the cruiser when she attempted to pass the officer.

The Hyundai rear-ended the officer’s 2019 Ford Explorer, which sent the cruiser across both eastbound lanes and into a guardrail diving east and west lanes. The cruiser continued about 50 feet in the grass after striking the guardrail before coming to rest, the crash report stated.

Kyzer failed a field sobriety test, according to the report, and a breath test registered a blood-alcohol level of .251, which is more than three times Ohio’s legal driving limit of 0.08.

Kyzer is scheduled to appear for her arraignment on Tuesday in Fairborn Municipal Court for two counts of OVI, a misdemeanor, and an assured clear distance ahead traffic citation.

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