OSHP: Impaired driver hits trooper during US 35 traffic stop in Dayton

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An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper was struck Friday night by an impaired driver during a traffic stop on U.S. 35 in Dayton.

Trooper Charles Barnette around 8 p.m. had pulled over a BMW headed west on U.S. 35 near James H. McGee Boulevard that was driven by a Casstown man for a misdemeanor violation.

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While Barnette was out of his cruiser and standing by the stopped vehicle, a Toyota Corolla driven by 33-year-old George Sanderson of Beavercreek that was coming onto U.S. 35 crashed into the BMW, which pinned Barnette against the wall, according to the OSHP.

Barnette was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries to his leg and ankle. The trooper’s leg initially was thought to be broken, OSHP said this turned out not to be the case, and that the trooper was doing well.

Sanderson also was taken to Miami Valley Hospital after he suffered minor injuries in the crash.

“Preliminary investigation indicates drug impairment and distracted driving were factors in the crash,” the highway patrol stated in its release.

Charges are pending lab results and crash reconstruction, the patrol said.

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