Barrie was pursuing a car theft suspect Tuesday evening while southbound on Ohio 741 in Miami Twp. at a high speeds when the cruiser he was driving collided with a northbound Hyundai driven by Mary Taulbee, 57, of Lebanon.
Taulbee was northbound on Ohio 741 near Carnation Road when a car near hers “changed lanes abruptly,” according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The other vehicle hit Taulbee’s car and sent it spinning out of control into the path of the Moraine cruiser, the state patrol said. She died a short time later, authorities said.
Barrie was nominated for the department’s annual top honor by Moraine Deputy Chief Jason Neubauer, Richardson said.
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Barrie “has asked for and has welcomed opportunities to have a greater leadership role within our agency,” Richardson told council.
“He has expressed interest in becoming a field training officer and attending leadership academies,” the police chief added. “He has volunteered for a special operations unit and our community outreach team. He has also requested to join the TCSU regional SWAT team.”
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