M'ville police cruiser totaled after injury crash

Cary Ashby • Aug 14, 2019 at 9:00 PM

MONROEVILLE — A village police officer sustained minor injuries after a pickup truck hit the cruiser in which he was sitting.

Monroeville Police Officer Jordan Hanuscin was in a Ford Explorer when it was parked at the Sunrise Cooperative grain sales Tuesday night. Chief Gary Lyons said an eastbound pickup truck “for some yet to be determined reason” went off the side of U.S. 20 and hit the cruiser.

“It certainly looks it’s totaled,” the chief added. “It cost us $42,000 brand new with all the lights and equipment.”

A photo from the crash site reveals the sport utility vehicle sustained significant front-end damage.

Hanuscin was far luckier. 

“He suffered very minor injuries,” Lyons said. 

Following the village policy regarding employees in accidents, Hanuscin underwent a drug screen and went to Fisher-Titus Medical Center “for a quick check-up,” the chief said. Results of the drug screen generally are available in 24 to 48 hours.

Hanuscin returned to work Wednesday. 

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is handling the ongoing crash investigation. The Huron River Joint Fire District and White’s Automotive Services also responded to the scene.

The pickup driver, Richard Perrone, whose age wasn’t provided, of Findlay, was charged with driving under suspension.

“He had claimed his tire blew,” Lyons said.

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