UPDATE: Coal Grove Police Officer Crashes Responding to Call

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 3/13/14 @ 4:30 p.m.
LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Coal Grove Police Patrolman Jacob Emnett continues to recover following his crash on U.S. 52 on Wednesday. Emnett crashed his cruiser between two bridges, and nearly crashed down the overpass.

"The officer is very fortunate to come out it with minor injuries," Ohio Highway Patrol Lieutenant Barry Call said. "That's a pretty steep incline that goes down under the overpass."

The Ohio Highway Patrol has all but wrapped up its investigation into the crash which they say could have turned out much worse.

"It could have resulted in the vehicle overturning several times, but fortunately that didn't occur," Lt. Call said.

Patrolman Emnett will not face any charges because investigators say he was responding to a residential burglary alarm in the area and was following proper proceedure.

"He gave a statement that he was responding with lights and siren running approximately 90 miles an hour," Lt. Call said.

Coal Grove Police Chief Eric Spurlock tells WSAZ.com that his department does not impose a certain speed limit on its patrolman. He says his department simply prioritizes its response based on how serious the emergency may be.

"Unfortunately, these service calls require quick response that involves speeds above the posted speed limit with lights and siren," Lt. Call said.

It can be a difficult balance for all law enforcement officers, according to Lt. Call.

"Unfortunately, when we as law enforcement officers are put in that position, sometimes mistakes are made," Lt. Call said. "We're not perfect. Accidents happen. That's why we call them accidents. Luckily, in this case, the officer was not seriously injured and was basically able to walk away from the crash."

Chief Spurlock does not believe weather was a factor in the crash. He says Patrolman Emnett's tires ran off the edge of the road and got caught in some gravel. He says that caused the patrolman to lose control of his cruiser.

Emnett has been given a drug test as part of the department's policy following an accident.

Chief Spurlock says Patrolman Emnett is doing well, and has the rest of the week off to recover.

UPDATE 3/12/14 @ 11 p.m.
COAL GROVE, Ohio (WSAZ) – A Coal Grove Police Officer received minor injuries after crashing his cruiser along U.S. 52 Wednesday afternoon.

The accident happened just after 4 p.m. in an area known as the “twin bridges” between Ironton and Coal Grove in Lawrence County.

The Ohio Highway Patrol says Patrolman Jacob Emnett was traveling east and responding to a service call when he lost control, slid off the edge of the highway, struck the guardrail and then became wedged beneath an overpass.

Emnett was taken to a Huntington hospital as precaution.

There is no word why Emnett lost control.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by OHP.

ORIGINAL STORY 3/12/14 @ 5:30 p.m.
COAL GROVE, Ohio (WSAZ) -- An officer has been involved in a crash in Coal Grove, Ohio.

The crash happened Wednesday afternoon.

Ohio Highway Patrol says a Coal Grove Police Officer was heading eastbound on US 52, near the twin bridges between Ironton and Coal Grove.

Troopers say the Coal Grove Officer was responding to a call when he crashed.

His cruiser became wedged in the guardrail underneath the bridge.

Crews on the scene tell WSAZ.com the officer was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

His name has not been released.

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