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Deputy charged in car accident

Scott Seitz • Jul 12, 2013 at 11:07 AM

A Huron County sheriff’s deputy has been charged with failure to control stemming from an early morning traffic crash June 26.

The state Highway Patrol conducted the investigation of Sgt. Todd Corbin’s cruiser crash which took place on Ohio 162 near Mill Road about 1:55 a.m.

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.

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 June 28. 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.

The state Highway Patrol has not yet completed the complete crash reconstruction, which was requested by Sheriff Dane Howard.

Corbin returned to full duty this week.

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

Howard didn’t say much Thursday about the situation.

“I want to reserve any comment until we receive the complete crash reconstruction report,” he said. “We hope to have that back in the next week or so.”

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