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Akron woman pleads guilty to drunk driving, striking police officer

Posted at 3:56 PM, Feb 21, 2020

AKRON, Ohio — An Akron woman pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and hitting an Akron police officer on a motorcycle.

Around 11:30 p.m. on May 11, 2019, officer Jason McKeel was on duty riding his motorcycle on South Portage Path. McKeel had his emergency lights on and was attempting to pull over a vehicle when 66-year-old Corrie Mae Sharpe was driving a minivan on Bloomfield Avenue with her 11-year-old granddaughter.

Sharpe attempted to turn onto South Portage Path and crossed in front of McKeel’s motorcyle, causing McKeel to collide with the driver’s side of the minivan. McKeel was pinned under the front of the minivan and suffered serious injuries, including broken bones in his hand, leg, ribs and back.

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Officer Jason McKeel speaks publicly for the first time after getting hit by an alleged drunk driver.

At the time of the crash, Sharpe had a blood alcohol content of .125.

On Friday, Sharpe pleaded guilty to vehicular assault, a felony, and operating a vehicle under the influence, a misdemeanor.

Sharpe is scheduled to be sentenced on March 26 at 9 a.m.

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