Stow officer injured after suspected drunken driver slams into cruiser in construction zone (video)

Car crashes into Stow police cruiser on high-accident area of SR 8

STOW, OH (WOIO) - A Stow police officer is recovering after being struck by a suspected drunken driver on Monday, May 6.

According to police, the crash took place just before 10:30 p.m. on northbound State Route 8 near the Steels Corners Road interchange.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers say Sgt. Theodore Bell, 47, was assisting construction crews in the left hand lane when his cruiser was hit by a Ford Fusion.

The emergency lights on Bell’s cruiser were activated, police say.

Bell was taken to Akron General Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The driver, who remained on the scene of the crash, was also injured.

Investigators believe alcohol is a factor in the crash.

According to Stow police, the department has handled 25 crashes in the construction zones on State Route 8 since the project resumed in March.

“We would like to remind everyone that drivers are required by law to slow down and move over for stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights,” Stow police warned in a press release. “We also request that motorist traveling through the construction zones slow down, remove any distractions, and give their full attention to driving.”

The OSHP is continuing to investigate the circumstances leading up to the incident.

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