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West Chester report says officer acted properly

Posted by Trina Edwards - email

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - An internal report released Tuesday by the West Chester Police Department says the officers involved in a chase that injured a Lockland officer have been exonerated.

Lockland officer Brandon Gehring was struck by West Chester officer Kevin Burger during a chase last month in which Gehring was attempting to lay stop sticks near the Glendale Milford Road exit on Interstate 75.

During an interview, Burger said he was the lead on the chase down I-75 when he saw the suspect, Thomas Joyce, suddenly swerve and then saw stop sticks going up in the air.

"I look up and I look down and out of the corner of my eye I see a flashing red light and I see Brandon standing like this (the officer demonstrates a stance with his arms out and perpendicular to the roadway) looking at me like he's an athletic line backer position and not knowing what to do, frozen," Burger said in his interview.

A report by the Ohio State Highway Patrol released earlier this month says the accident could have been avoided if agencies involved had been on the same communication system.

Burger said he was unaware that Gehring was laying stop sticks at the location.

The report found that Burger and other West Chester officers involved in the case conducted themselves in a reasonable manner and that they did not know that Gehring was along the interstate.

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