Hamilton sheriff deputy's cruiser hit, officer trapped

ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A Hamilton County Sheriff's deputy was pinned in his cruiser early Sunday morning after a suspected impaired driver struck his car, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputy Andrew Helsinger was patrolling the 3800 block of Mount Carmel Road at 2:47 a.m. when his marked car was hit by a 1997 Jeep Wrangler going in the opposite direction.

The sheriff's office says Chelsea Obermeyer, 26, of Batavia was driving northbound on Mount Carmel Road when she crossed the double-yellow line on the roadway.

She struck the driver-side door of the deputy's cruiser, pinning him in his car. Obermeyer's Jeep continued to spin out of control and hit a guardrail.

After being freed from his cruiser, Helsinger was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he was treated for a dislocated shoulder and a sore back, according to Mike Robison with the sheriff's office. Robinson said the deputy is going to be OK.

A passenger in Obermeyer's car received minor injuries in the crash.

Obermeyer is charged with failure to control her vehicle. The sheriff's office says they believe alcohol was a factor in the crash but are waiting on a toxicology report to determine whether or not to file additional charges.

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