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Trooper hit by impaired driver while responding to another crash

Posted: 9:19 AM, Jan 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-13 09:20:23-05

CLEVELAND — An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper was hit by an impaired driver in Cleveland.

On Sunday around 3 a.m., troopers were responding to a non-emergency accident on I-71 in Cleveland.

Trooper J.M. Norton, 26, was traveling north on West 130th Street at Kirton Avenue in a patrol vehicle.

Dasaree Sanchez, 23, was traveling west on Kirton Avenue in a 2007 Kia Sportage.

Sanchez failed to stop at a stop sign and struck the driver's side door of Norton's vehicle.

Both the patrol car and the Kia Sportage came to a rest in the middle of West 130th Street and both vehicles sustained damage.

When additional troopers arrived at the scene, they learned that Sanchez was highly intoxicated, according to a press release.

Norton and Sanchez were transported by Cleveland EMS to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center for evaluation and treatment.

After being treated at the hospital, Sanchez was released into OSP custody and transported to the Cuyahoga County Jail.

She is charged with OVI, OVI refusal with a prior OVI conviction in the previous 10 years, driving under an OVI suspension, failure to yield from a stop sign and failure to wear a seat belt.

Norton was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital.

The crash that troopers were originally en route to was never located.