Perry Twp. Police Chief Tim Littleton suffered a concussion in a crash Tuesday night with his cruiser and temporarily lost consciousness at the scene, but was listed as stable at Miami Valley Hospital.
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Sgt. Frank Simmons, assistant commander of the Dayton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said Littleton was heading back to his jurisdiction on an emergency call, possibly for a burglary. He was travelling west on West Third Street and had a red light when he activated his overhead lights but struck a BMW headed south at the intersection with Edwin C. Moses Boulevard.
Littleton and the driver of the BMW, who suffered broken bones, were taken to Miami Valley Hospital. No further information about the other driver was available.
Simmons said the investigation is preliminary, and that he didn’t know the chief’s speed at the time of the crash, nor whether the chief had also activated his cruiser’s siren in conjunction with the overhead lights as he approached the intersection.
According to police scanner traffic, the chief had just “pink slipped” someone suffering a mental health issue into Miami Valley Hospital and was responding to a dispatch requesting assistance for a burglary in Trotwood.
Littleton was just named interim chief for Perry Twp. at an Oct. 19 trustees meeting. He started his law enforcement career in 2010 in Perry Twp., where he spent three years before moving on to other agencies. He was most recently a K-9 handler for the Mowrystown Police Department in Highland County.
UPDATE @ 10:40 p.m.:
Perry Twp. Police Chief Tim Littleton suffered a head injury, but was speaking with medics when he was taken to a hospital Tuesday night following a crash in his cruiser.
According to a Clayton police officer, Littleton was believed to have been responding to a burglary call in Trotwood.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is on scene, and is investigating the crash. Whether the chief had his lights and siren activated remains under investigation.
There is no information on the other vehicle and driver involved in the crash.
UPDATE @ 10:30 p.m.:
The new Perry Twp. police chief was injured in a crash.
Chief Tim Littleton was alone in his cruiser when he was involved in the two-vehicle collision dispatched just after 10 p.m. Tuesday. The chief was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where his condition is not known.
The OSP will conduct the accident investigation, according to a Dayton police sergeant.
A Perry Twp. police cruiser has been involved in a crash involving at least one other vehicle in the area of West Third Street and Edwin C. Moses Boulevard.
The accident was dispatched just after 10 p.m.
We’re working to learn whether the officer or anyone else has been injured. We will update this developing report.
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