Ohio Cruisers Hit by Suspected Drunk Driver, Officers Hurt

URBANA, Ohio --

Police in Urbana said an officer stopped a vehicle early Thursday morning for a traffic violation in the 1000 block of Scioto Street.

The vehicle was being driven by Cory Springs, 40. The owner of the vehicle, Erica Dean, 29, was in the front passenger seat. Police said the two reside on East Church Street in Urbana.

According to police, another officer, Sgt. David Reese, arrived at the scene to offer back up to Officer Shawn Schmidt. Reese parked his cruiser behind Schmidt's car upon arrival.

Police said the officer discovered that Springs was driving without a valid license as he was under suspension. The officers said they also observed drug paraphernalia and suspected heroin was found in the front seat of the car.

Springs and Dean were removed from the car and taken into custody. Dean was placed in the back of Reese's cruiser and Springs was placed in Schmidt's cruiser.

Police said a third officer, Chris Snyder arrived to assist with the processing of the car.

At this point, a vehicle being driven by 43-year-old Matthew Foster and traveling east crashed into the back of Reese's cruiser, which then crashed into the back of Schmidt's cruiser.

Officers Schmidt and Snyder, along with Dean suffered injuries in the crash.

Urbana Fire responded to the scene to check on any injuries. Dean was taken to Mercy Hospital for apparent minor injuries by walked out of the hospital before she could be treated. Schmidt and Snyder both complained of minor injuries, but were not declined treatment.

Police said Foster became uncooperative and began to walk away from the scene. However, when he was placed into custody he began to physically struggle with officers.

It took three officers to get Foster secured. He was then questioned about the incident and refused to take breath test for alcohol impairment, police said.

Foster was charged with driving under the influence, negligent assault and resisting arrest. He is being held in the Tri-County Jail.

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