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Police: Intoxicated driver crashed into cruiser, other vehicles on SB I-75

FOX19 NOW (Adam Schrand) FOX19 NOW (Adam Schrand)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Cincinnati police say an intoxicated driver crashed into a cruiser and other vehicles on southbound Interstate 75 overnight.

The motorist, identified by police as Donald Williams, 59, kept going and only stopped after his car caught on fire, said Lt. Chris Ruehmer, the night chief.

He is accused of barreling down the southbound lanes of the highway, striking the cruiser and other vehicles just south of Paddock Road in a construction area.

The cruiser was parked in the area assisting highway workers doing ongoing construction in the area, Ruehmer said. The officer in inside was not hurt, and no other injuries were reported in the other cars struck.

Williams' vehicle continued on, taking the ramp onto the eastbound Norwood Lateral. That's where his vehicle caught on fire, and he pulled over.

Police took him into custody there, citing him with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to control a motor vehicle.

Williams was "very cooperative" and released after he was cited, Ruehmer said. It was not immediately clear if he submitted to a breathalyzer test to measure his level of intoxication, he added.

The highway was shut down while police investigated but is back open this morning.

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