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After crash injures Monroe officer, state patrol reminds drivers to watch for flashing lights

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Posted at 3:24 PM, Jan 22, 2019

MONROE, Ohio — A Monroe police cruiser stopped on the side of the road had its overhead lights activated at the time it was struck from behind by a pickup truck on Ohio 4 on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Hamilton post.

Officer Drew Aspacher and the pickup driver, a 46-year-old woman, were transported to hospitals following the crash in the 6100 block of Ohio 4 near Apple Knoll Lane, the Journal-News reported.

Aspacher was treated and released, according to Monroe police Chief Bob Buchanan. There was no immediate report on the other driver's condition.

Aspacher had just entered his cruiser on the right side of road when it was struck and spun around into a driveway and front yard of a residence. The southbound pickup continued off the left side of the roadway and into the median, according to police.

Aspacher was at that address for a call of suspicious activity that resulted in an arrest, Buchanan said. The crash was not associated with that arrest, the chief said.

The crash remains under investigation by the highway patrol’s Hamilton post.

The patrol reminds motorists that Ohio’s Move Over Law requires motorists to cautiously shift over one lane – or slow down if changing lanes is not possible – when passing any vehicle with flashing lights on the side of a road.

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