06/12/2011

Video: Runaway police cruiser crashes into cars

Officer failed to put his patrol car in park when he jumped out to chase a group of fleeing juveniles

By Ted Kortan
NewsNet5.com

SANDUSKY, Ohio - A Sandusky police officer is facing a disciplinary hearing after his patrol car crashed into two parked cars and a sign while he was engaged in a foot pursuit.

Police reports show 36-year-old Jody Showalter, a 4-year veteran of the force, failed to put his patrol car in park when he jumped out to chase a group of fleeing juveniles early Wednesday morning. As a result, the cruiser idled forward and crashed into two parked cars before coming to a stop after striking a sign post.

No one was hurt in the incident and police said the damage to all the vehicles involved was minor.

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