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Cruiser crash remains under investigation

Scott Seitz • Jul 7, 2013 at 12:26 PM

The investigation continues into a Huron County sheriff’s cruiser crash early Wednesday.

According to a report from the state Highway Patrol, which is handling the incident, Sgt. Todd Corbin was traveling eastbound on Ohio 162 when his cruiser swerved to avoid striking a deer. Troopers said the cruiser traveled off the right side of the road, came back on to the roadway, went off the left side of the roadway, coming to rest in a field.

The crash took place about 1:55 a.m.

Corbin was transporting a Berlin Heights woman who had just been arrested at an Ohio 99 traffic stop near Holiday Lakes by Deputy Shannon Lyons.

Lyons was transferring a separate prisoner from the same traffic stop.

Corbin and the woman were treated for “bumps and bruises” at local hospitals.

Maj. Mike Cooksey is handling the internal investigation of the crash.

Officers removed the diagnostic modules and an air-bag sensor from Corbin’s cruiser on Friday. By reviewing these devices, troopers can determine if the air bag was deployed, seat belts were used, brakes applied, and possibly how fast the vehicle was traveling.

“We willingly allowed the patrol to remove those items,” Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said.

It hasn’t been determined if the car is “totaled.”

“We haven’t gotten an estimate yet,” Patrick said. “We should have that by early next week.”

Sheriff Dane Howard said the patrol is conducting a complete crash reconstruction, which could take up to three weeks.

Corbin has not yet returned to work after the crash.

“Other deputies will fill his shifts, most likely on overtime,” Patrick said.

Corbin’s cruiser was a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria and had 172,000 miles at the time of the crash.

Neither Corbin, nor the prisoner, had been interviewed about the crash as of Friday.

Patrick said deputies do receive both field and classroom driver’s training.

Corbin’s personnel file was reviewed Friday after a public records request and did not contain any information regarding his driving, but it did indicate he needed to improve in the area of drug enforcement. It also stated he received two unpaid weeks off work in early 2013 due to a Dec. 14, 2012 incident where he used profanity against two supervising officers.

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