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Driver charged after crashing into state trooper conducting routine patrol on Columbus Road in Stark County

Posted at 7:25 AM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 07:25:12-05

PLAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio — The Canton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a crash after a motorist crashed into a state trooper who was conducting a routine patrol Thursday night in Stark County, according to a release from state troopers.

The crash happened on Thursday at around 6:12 p.m. on Columbus Road in Plain Township, located in Stark County.

A 39-year-old man was traveling eastbound on Columbus Road in a Ford Ranger Pick-up truck when he was approaching stopped traffic.

The 39-year-old driver was unable to stop for traffic and lost control of his vehicle, causing him to travel left of center and struck a state trooper’s car who was on the left side of the road, according to the release.

The patrol car spun around and came to a rest. Both vehicles sustained disabling damage.

The state trooper suffered possible injuries to his hand and wrist during the crash. He did not require any medical attention at the time of the crash.

The 39-year-old driver was not injured in the crash. He was charged with failure to maintain assured clear distance ahead and distracted driver.