West Chester Police Officer injured in crash


By Tiffany Teasley – bio | email

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - Officer Nicholas Gattermeyer was responding to a burglary in progress in West Chester Tuesday morning when he literally took a turn for the worst, it all started with a 9-1-1 call to West Chester Police.

911 Dispatcher: "West Chester 911, where is your emergency?"

Caller: " I'm at 7784 Barrett Road ... I'm house sitting for somebody, and I keep on hearing someone messing with the doors."
Officer Nicholas Gattermeyer then responded to the burglary in progress on Barrett Road.
911 Dispatcher: "The officers are just going to , one of them is going to be coming around your house, a couple of the other ones are going to be driving around just to makes sure the subdivision area is clear."
But in the process of responding, 24-year-old Gattermeyer's patrol car crashed into a tree near Dimmick Road and Friar Tuck, nearly destroying the car into bits and pieces -- minutes later a second officer arrived on scene and called for backup. West Chester fire crews freed Gattermeyer from the car, as he nearly escaped death.
He was transported to University Hospital in critical condition where his fellow officers gathered to offer support. AirCare was called to scene, but was not able to fly because of fog. 
"What we're dealing with here is obviously very difficult for all of us, we have one of our officers who is very dedicated in his profession who was involved in this accident today, his police family and his family are here, we're just wishing for the best, so we appreciate your thoughts," said West Chester Police Chief Erik Niehaus.

Niehaus says their traffic safety unit will be analyzing data from the scene, but the investigation into the crash won't be complete for more than a week.

Gattermeyer was hired by the West Chester Police Department in 2008.


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