Driver Accused of DUI, Causing Ohio Police Vehicle Crash

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A driver was under the influence Monday night when the person caused a police vehicle to crash, investigators said.

According to a news release from police, the Bridgeport police vehicle was responding to a call with its emergency signals activated. The officer attempted to pass the vehicle, but the driver didn't acknowledge the officer and turned south on DeKalb Street, causing the police vehicle to collide with the car.

The driver was charged with failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, failure to signal and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence.

The crash happened on Howard Street around 10:20 p.m. There were no reported injuries.

"We are just relieved that no one was seriously injured in the crash. It is imperative that everyone on the roads be vigilant when driving in inclement weather and remember to utilize proper precautions when approached by any emergency response vehicles. We also remind motorists to never operate a vehicle while impaired," said Bridgeport Police Chief Andy Klotz.

The crash investigation was handled by the Martins Ferry Police Department. Klotz said the crash was still under investigation as of 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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