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Troopers: Impaired driver hit cruiser, narrowly missed 2 Howland officers

The crash happened early Saturday morning on State Route 82 eastbound, just west of State Route 46, in Howland Township

HOWLAND TWP., Ohio (WKBN) - An impaired driver crashed into an Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser early Saturday morning, nearly hitting two officers, according to a report.

About 2:45 a.m., Highway Patrol and the Howland Township Police Department were investigating a separate crash on State Route 82 eastbound in the left lane, just west of State Route 46.

Two Howland officers were standing next to the cruiser, which had its emergency lights on and right front door open.

They saw a 2010 Mercedes C300 driven by 31-year-old Andrew Doyle, of Girard, coming toward them.

Both officers had to dive out of the way -- one even lept onto the hood of the cruiser.

Highway Patrol said the car hit the cruiser's open door and almost hit the officers, who were not hurt in the crash.

"When the officers dove out of the way, they narrowly missed getting struck," Sgt. Daniel Jesse said. "I mean, they were inches from death at that point. The driver ended up stopping after the crash. Through investigation, it was determined he was impaired."

According to the report, Doyle had a blood-alcohol content of .194, over the legal limit of .08. He wasn't injured either.

Both cars were heavily damaged.

Doyle was charged with OVI and failure to move over or slow down for a public safety vehicle. He is scheduled to appear in Warren Municipal Court next week.

Sgt. Jesse was injured in a similar crash in September of 2016 when a drunk driver hit his cruiser. Jesse pulled a car over in Warren and the drunk driver crashed into the back of his cruiser, pushing it into the car in front of it and also hitting Jesse.


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