Police department cites own officer after cruiser crash

Lebanon police have cited one of their own after a Wednesday morning crash involving a cruiser and an RV. (Provided)
Lebanon police have cited one of their own after a Wednesday morning crash involving a cruiser and an RV. (Provided)

LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - Lebanon police have cited one of their own after a Wednesday morning crash involving an officer's cruiser and an RV.

According to police, the cruiser involved in the crash was responding to a call for a possible structure fire at about 7:20 a.m.

As the officer approached the intersection of Bypass 48 and Cook Road, he slowed down, turned on his lights and sirens and slowly attempted to make his way through the intersection.

That's when the RV, traveling north, collided with the cruiser.

The person inside the RV was uninjured and the officer suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

The officer was found to be at fault for the crash and was cited, according to Lebanon Division of Police Capt. Mike McCutchen.

"From an internal matter, you know, our goal is to respond as quickly as we possibly can without creating an unnecessary risk to the public," McCutchen said. "We'll continue to look at our policy and procedures and make sure that, you know, there's nothing that we can do in the future to avoid this type of situation."

The officer will have to appear in Municipal Court and the City of Lebanon will handle any other legal matters moving forward.

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