Ohio patrol issues report on struck police officer

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) - A report from the state Highway Patrol suggests that a southwest Ohio police chase that resulted in an officer being struck by a police cruiser would have been avoided if agencies involved had been on the same communication system.

The patrol's report, released Friday, says West Chester Township police Officer Kevin Burger should have known another officer was laying tire deflation devices on Interstate 75.

Burger was chasing after a robbery suspect in Butler County on April 20 when he struck Officer Brandon Gehring from suburban Lockland.

Gehring was putting down "stop sticks" in an attempt to slow the suspect's car.

Lockland police Lt. Terry Wilkerson says Gehring is in fair condition at University Hospital in Cincinnati.

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