2 officers hurt in pursuit crash

Staff writer

A vehicular crash that injured two law enforcement officers in Carroll Township remains under investigation, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The officers were involved in a pursuit on State Rt. 19, north of Oak Harbor, on July 2 about 9:10 p.m. when the crash occurred.
According to the highway patrol, officer Loren Welch, of the Oak Harbor Police Department, and Deputy Nikolas Davenport, of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, were in pursuit of a black Dodge Challenger on Rt. 19 when it turned left onto Salem-Carroll Road.
When officer Welch slowed to make the turn his vehicle was struck from behind by deputy Davenport’s vehicle. After contact, the Welch vehicle traveled off the left side of the road, struck an embankment and rolled over, coming to rest on its wheels.
Deputy Davenport’s vehicle also struck the embankment and stopped in the ditch.
Davenport and Welch sustained what were described as non-incapacitating injuries and were transported to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center by Mid County EMS.

Holiday fatal accidents
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting 22 persons lost their lives in 21 traffic crashes during the July 4th reporting period, which began July 2 and ended July 5.
Some type of impairment was determined to be a factor in at least five of the crashes.
Troopers made 425 arrests for impaired driving and 280 for drug-related charges. The patrol responded to 631 crashes and made more than 22,494 traffic contacts in all, including assistance to more than 2,900 motorists.
By comparison, there were 17 fatalities during the same period last year and eight in 2018.
This July 4 season, safety belts were not in use in eight fatal crashes and used in two. Motorcycle helmets were not used in three fatal crashes and used in two. The highway patrol was unable to determine if safety belts were in use in four fatal crashes and whether helmets were in use in three motorcycle crashes.
There were 120 felony arrests this year in the state compared to 182 last year. In all, there were 11,572 enforcement actions this year compared to 35,516 last year.
“Driving impaired remains a significant problem,” said Col. Richard Fambro, patrol superintendent, “We need motorists to commit to keeping our roads safe. Designate a sober driver.”


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