Police cruiser used to stop erratic driver

A Fairborn Police Officer had to use his cruiser to stop a driver having a medical emergency. (Photo from Fairborn Police dasf-cam video)
A Fairborn Police Officer had to use his cruiser to stop a driver having a medical emergency. (Photo from Fairborn Police dasf-cam video)

FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – A Fairborn Police officer used his cruiser to stop a car after it was swerving all over the roadway.

According to police, a driver notified police of a white Cadillac driving erratically on I-675 after 8 a.m. Tuesday.

“A bulk of the traffic did slow down which, was the right idea,” said Fairborn Police Sgt. Mark Stannard.

Police said the driver was having a medical emergency.

The caller told police the Cadillac struck a bridge and kept going, crossing both northbound lanes. The caller also said the car continued to swerve off the left side of the road.

Officers responded and tried to stop the vehicle near Dayton Yellow Springs Road, but the driver didn’t stop and continued swerving. Police said the vehicle was going about 20-25 miles an hour. It drove off the road and into the grass. An officer tried to use his patrol car to keep it from driving back on the road.

2 NEWS has obtained a copy of the dash camera video from the cruiser involved.

You can see in the video the Cadillac driving across the lanes and even up on the embankment.

After driving into the grassy area, the Cadillac accelerated again and started to veer back onto the roadway. An officer then struck the Cadillac with his cruiser to keep it from going any farther. Police said it was the safest way to stop it.

“It was a lot of decisions that had to happen rapidly. You had to know what danger, to what degree,” said Sgt. Stannard.

The officer was able to get into the Cadillac and shut off the engine. The officer then recognized the driver of the Cadillac was having a medical emergency. The driver was taken by ambulance to the Soin Medical Center.

Police recommend if you see an erratic driver, call them to report it.

“Don’t take the law into your own hands. Go ahead and call us and let us deal with it,” said Sgt. Stannard.

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