Friday, July 20, 2001

Police officer hurt in crash

The Cincinnati Enquirer

[photo] Police officers investigate the crash of a Green Township police cruiser.
(Enquirer photo)
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        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — A Green Township officer chasing two drag racers lost control of his cruiser on a curve on Harrison Avenue just after 7 p.m. Thursday, went off the road and overturned.

        Officer Michael Lampe, 30, was briefly trapped in the wreckage, but managed to get out through a rear window with assistance from the Colerain Township Fire Department.

        Officer Lampe was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital, where he was undergoing treatment for minor injuries.

        According to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Officer Lampe was pursuing two vehicles he had clocked at 76 mph in a 45 mph zone, and had his lights and sirens activated. At a sharp left turn, he lost control of his cruiser, which skidded off the right side onto a grassy embankment and struck a drain basin. The cruiser rolled onto its roof and continued to slide until coming to rest upside down.

        The vehicles he was chasing were not located.

        The crash remains under investigation.


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