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Sheriff's office: Impaired teen driver slammed into deputy's cruiser

A Boone County deputy's cruiser was struck on Interstate 275 late Monday. (Provided by the Boone County Sheriff's Office) A Boone County deputy's cruiser was struck on Interstate 275 late Monday. (Provided by the Boone County Sheriff's Office)
Provided by the Boone County Sheriff's Office Provided by the Boone County Sheriff's Office
Boone County Deputy Jacob Ganshirt (Provided by the Boone County Sheriff's Office) Boone County Deputy Jacob Ganshirt (Provided by the Boone County Sheriff's Office)
HEBRON, KY (FOX19) -

An 18-year-old driver faces charges after crashing into a Boone County sheriff's cruiser late Monday, injuring the deputy, himself and two other people, sheriff's officials said.

Jose Rodas of Covington slammed into the back of Deputy Jacob Ganshirt's cruiser as the deputy sat inside the vehicle on westbound Interstate 275 just before 10 p.m., said Tom Scheben, sheriff's spokesman. At the time, the cruiser was parked in the right emergency lane near the exit for Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

The impact from the crash propelled the cruiser into the vehicle in front of the deputy, and that car hit the one in front of it, Scheben said.

The deputy, 29, was trapped in his patrol car until arriving airport police helped him out.

Rodas bailed from the 2006 Chrysler 300M he was driving and ran off. He was apprehended a short time later nearby.

He was charged with assault, wanton endangerment, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, criminal mischief and failure to maintain required insurance.

A fellow deputy took Ganshirt to the hospital, where he was checked out and released, according to a sheriff's spokesperson. Rodas and two others were taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Florence, where they were treated.

Anthony Cunningham Jr. of Price Hill said he was driving on the highway as he headed to work nearby when he noticed a man driving a Chrysler 300 moving in and out of the eastbound lanes recklessly.

“Everybody pretty much stayed out of his way,” Cunningham recalled. “I was going extra slow, trying to keep people behind me so they didn’t sideswipe him or stuff like that.”

He said he tried to call 911 to alert them about the situation, but he said he dropped his cell phone on the floor of his car.

“He was swerving,” Cunningham said. “He got back in the far right lane and then got on the median and that’s when he just slammed right in the back of the cop car. He didn’t even try to break or anything He just slammed right into him. I was going 55. He was going a little bit faster than me.”

Cunningham said he pulled over immediately to check on the deputy and the drivers of two other vehicles that the Chrysler pushed the cruiser into.

“The cop couldn’t get out of the car because his door was compacted. He said he couldn’t open the door at all,” Cunningham recalled.

The reckless driver exited his vehicle and tried to escape by getting  into Cunningham’s car.

“I screamed at him ‘get away from my car! He stepped away and started walking away toward the cop car. After that I lost sight of him. I guess he just took off.”

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