Charges filed in crash that critically injured officer

Raymond Weathers, photo taken in 2005 (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Raymond Weathers, photo taken in 2005 (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Sgt. Ronald Schaeper
Sgt. Ronald Schaeper

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Charges have been filed against a driver who was involved in a crash that critically injured a Cincinnati Police Sergeant.

Raymond Weathers, 35, is facing two counts of aggravated vehicular assault.

According to Hamilton County court documents, Weathers was driving under a suspended license and was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash.

The crash occurred Aug. 16 on Columbia Parkway. Police say Weathers was driving at a high rate of speed when he crossed left of center and struck a Chevy Malibu driven by Sgt. Ronald Schaeper head-on. The collision also caused Schaeper's vehicle to hit a Subaru Outback and a Ford Explorer.

Schaeper was on his way to work at the time of the crash. He was taken to University Hospital, where he is in critical condition, but hospital officials say his vital signs are improving. He had successful surgery on Tuesday to stop bleeding in his legs.

Weathers also remains in the hospital in fair condition with a broken leg. His mother says he doesn't remember the crash and he's recovering from surgery. A warrant has been issued for his arrest for when he gets out of the hospital.

Hamilton County court documents show Weathers has five previous court appearances, all connected to driving violations. In 2006 and 2007, he was in court four times on driving with a suspended license charges. In March of 2007, he was charged with speeding. In March of 2010, he was charged with driving without a license and improper lights.

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