A Miami Township police officer is recovering at home after being hit by an alleged impaired driver on Interstate 75 Saturday night.
Before this incident, Miami Township police said they had three of their cruisers struck in similar incidents over roughly the past year.
Officer Tyler Simpson, a five-year veteran of the force, was responding to two crashes near each other on I-75 Saturday night, according to police. Dashcam video from his cruiser shows him pulling over, leaving enough space ahead of his car for emergency vehicles on the way and walking up to the scene.
But moments later, the dashcam video shows a pickup truck driving quickly up the shoulder, striking Officer Simpson near the crash scene.
State troopers arrested the pickup truck driver, 33-year-old Adam Blackmore. He has been released from jail on bond, facing several charges including OVI, according to officials.
“I think every officer who gets out there and works on the interstates and makes traffic stops – you become a little numb to traffic around you,” said Lt. Mark Nichols of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. “But you’re always alert. You always have that head on a swivel and looking and trying to anticipate, but then you’re multi-tasking. There’s a lot of things you have to worry about.”
Less than a month ago, a Miami Township police cruiser was sideswiped while stopped near a disabled vehicle, also on Interstate 75.
Lt. Nichols said this latest incident serves as a reminder to never drive under the influence, always pay attention and move over or slow down for vehicles pulled over with flashing lights.
“The biggest problem here is his impairment,” Lt. Nichols said. “After that, we just want to see people slow down, take their time. Try to expect some unexpected things.”
It’s not clear when Officer Simpson will be able to return to work, according to officials.