Lebanon police officer contests citation for role in cruiser crash

A Lebanon police patrolman has been cited for his role in an accident involving a cruiser and a motor home as he responded to the scene of a fire.

Officer Dan Fry was cited for failing to proceed with caution into an intersection.

Fry’s case will be set for a later court hearing.

Fry drove with lights and sirens operating to a house fire at 7:22 a.m. June 13 at the intersection of Cook Road and the Ohio 48 Bypass in Lebanon, according to a report issued Monday morning by Lebanon police.

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“He slowed to approximately 10 mph as he entered the intersection on a red traffic signal. He advised that he observed a tan recreational traveling north on Bypass 48, and it appeared to be slowing. He checked the southbound lanes and found them to be clear. As he began to cross the intersection, he crashed into the side of the recreational vehicle,” Capt. Dave Gehringer said in the report.

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The other driver was Steven Stanfield of Lebanon.

No serious injuries were reported.

Fry was taken to Bethesda Arrow Springs to be checked, according to the report.

Both vehicles were totaled, according to Gehringer.

Fry received a verbal reprimand for the crash and was cited on June 20, Gehringer said Monday.

Fry returned to work Monday after an unrelated medical leave, according to officials.

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Judge William Wolff was appointed to hear the case.

Fry’s initial appearance was set for 2 p.m. Monday in Lebanon Municipal Court. Afterward, court officials said the case would be set for a pretrial, although the time had yet to be determined.

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