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Deputy disciplined for crash

Scott Seitz • Aug 4, 2013 at 7:31 PM

After an internal investigation, a Huron County sheriff’s deputy has been disciplined after crashing a cruiser June 26.

“As a result of the accident, Sgt. (Todd) Corbin has been charged with a Group 2 offense,” Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said. “His negligence resulted in damage to a county vehicle or person while on county business.”

The state Highway Patrol conducted the investigation of Corbin’s cruiser crash 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.

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

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

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

Corbin, who was charged with failure to control, has returned to full duty.

The patrol currently is conducting a crash reconstruction, but results won’t be available for a week or two.

Patrick said Corbin faces other in-house sanctions.

“He (Corbin) received three days off without pay, but those are suspended if he does not have a similar violation in a 24-month period,” Patrick said.

“Sgt. Corbin must also complete a remedial driving course which will be set up in the near future,” he said. “This course is done through a certified driving instructor from AAA.

Corbin’s cruiser was totaled in the crash.

Patrick said Corbin’s discipline was a joint recommendation from himself and Maj. Mike Cooksey, which Sheriff Dane Howard then approved.

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