Suspected impaired driver hits Darke County cruiser; 3 suffer minor injuries

UPDATE @ 7:25 p.m.

A Darke County Sheriff’s cruiser was struck in the median of U.S. 127 as two deputies inside waited to intercept a possibly impaired driver.

The sheriff’s office started to receive multiple calls around 3 p.m. reporting the possible impaired driver. Callers described a white pickup truck all over the road and down into the ditch, as well as near crashes involving the truck, according to the sheriff’s office.

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Two deputies were inside the cruiser posted in the median of northbound U.S. 127, north of Sebring Warner Road, when the pickup was traveling recklessly and went off the left side of the road and struck the front of the cruiser.

The pickup continued north, eventually stopping due to disabling damage it sustained in the crash.

The two deputies involved in the crash got out and pursued the pickup on foot to secure the driver until other deputies arrived, and two 911 callers also stopped to assist deputies, according to the sheriff’s office.

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The driver of the pickup truck and the two deputies were taken to a local hospital for minor injuries.

The pickup driver’s name was not released, and it’s not clear what charges the driver will face.

UPDATE @ 5:10 p.m.

Troopers said three people suffered minor injuries, including two Darke County deputies, in a crash this afternoon on U.S. 127.

The crash involving a pickup truck and cruiser was reported at 3:11 p.m. in the northbound lanes of U.S. 127, just south of U.S. 36.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating.


Two Darke County deputies suffered minor injuries this afternoon in a crash involving a cruiser that send a third person to a local hospital.

The crash was reported at 3:11 p.m. at U.S. 127 near Sebring Warner Road, according to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

The cruiser was struck by the driver of another vehicle. Two deputies in the cruiser and the driver were taken to a hospital.

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