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Driver high on heroin in head-on crash with school bus

Peter Smeriglio (Photo: Hamilton County Justice Center) Peter Smeriglio (Photo: Hamilton County Justice Center)
A photo of the crash (Photo: Montgomery police) A photo of the crash (Photo: Montgomery police)
CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

A driver was high on heroin when he led police on a chase before a head-on collision with a school bus, according to a Hamilton County grand jury indictment.

Peter Smeriglio swerved into oncoming traffic, hit a vehicle and then crashed into a bus carrying 30 Sycamore Community School students, police said. No students were injured in the Nov. 13 incident.

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The incident started when an officer attempted to stop Smeriglio, 40, for reckless driving at the corner of Pfeiffer and Montgomery roads. Police said a person bailed out of the car at Radabaugh Road and was later taken into custody as a witness.

Smeriglio continued driving north on Montgomery road before ultimately swerving into the southbound lanes, hitting the vehicle and then school bus near Bethesda North Hospital.

The female driver of the vehicle was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

According to the incident report, Smeriglio failed to comply with the traffic stop, listen to verbal commands and did not respond to the pain that he received from the TASER deployment, which had little effect on him. 

The report also showed that four officers struggled with him for several minutes attempting to arrest and handcuff him, before he finally submitted. 

After his arrest, officials determined Smeriglio had a concentration of heroin in his blood.

A grand jury indicted Smeriglio, of Anderson Township, on three felony counts including failure to comply with a police officer and aggravated vehicular assault.

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