Detective reprimanded for 'minor fender-bender'

Huron County sheriff's employee backed vehicle into cruiser as authorities were surrounding armed suspect's residence.
Cary Ashby
Jul 2, 2014


A Huron County sheriff's detective has been given a warning as a "corrective measure" for backing into a cruiser when authorities surrounded an armed suspect's residence.

Detective Eric L. Bardar received the warning June 23 -- 18 days after he assisted deputies with setting up a perimeter around the camper of a supposedly armed New London man with a history of drug- and violence-related convictions and prison terms.

Bardar also will receive in-service training on driving. Sheriff Dane Howard said that's standard practice for any of his deputies or detectives who are involved in crashes.

The sheriff provided background on what he called a "minor fender-bender." The collision happened at 1:30 p.m. June 5.

"We were dealing with an urgent and dangerous situation with Bill McCullough," Howard said.

McCullough, 69, of 1732 U.S. 250, New London, is charged with one count each of felonious assault and possession of weapons under disability.

Many local deputies, five deputies from the Ashland County Sheriff's Office and members of the New London Police Department met in the Fitchville area to set up a perimeter around where McCullough lives. Authorities responded to the report of a male victim who reported being threatened and said the suspect fired a gun at him.

"He (Bardar) moved a vehicle to another post to secure the scene out of necessity," Howard said. "He was moving in a rapid fashion because it was a violent situation."

The passenger-side rear bumper of the cruiser driven by Bardar hit the front driver's side of an unmarked police car.

"There was minimal damage to both (vehicles)," Howard said. "No one was injured. It was a very minor crash; it was a minor fender-bender."

However, he said his office completed an accident report and an internal investigation "because it's the right thing to do" and the collision involved damage to county property. The sheriff's office will forward the crash report to the Norwalk Law Director's Office for review. The internal investigation ended last week.

Howard said it's unlikely Bardar will be cited because the Ohio Revised Code "provides some relief" for officers involved in an accident during an emergency situation.

"We'll let the law director make that decision," the sheriff added. "In Bardar's defense, it was a very volatile and dangerous situation."

Deputies seized two loaded firearms -- a Mossberg shotgun and .9 mm High Point pistol -- and a large amount of suspected marijuana reported to be "packaged for distribution" from McCullough's camper when they arrested him. His arrest came after Sgt. Bill Duncan and Detective Rich Larson negotiated with the suspect who reportedly told officers he didn't want to return to prison.


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How many points did he get on his license for that?....Yep, none. Probably the same thing would happen if I hit a cop car.


Never heard of him, is this another one of Dane's nephews?


Actually sounds like they are trying to burn the guy. It was an emergency issue and stuff happens. Send this to the law director.... Sounds like a witch hunt..


I guess your either on the bus or off the bus. As many cars as they had there it was bound to happen. With all the confusion they get the wrong address on the search warrant again.


Why is this in the newspaper. Who cares.


The NR has a history of trying to stir up controversy in an attempt to sell more papers.


Big Deal, so what ? I backed into a pole at my dentists.


...dammyt I'm going to back into a pole right now ...twice!!!


uhh ohh, sounds like an investigation should be conducted by Det. Fulton & Fry of NPD and have their sent to Stew.