GALLIPOLIS — A cruiser with the Gallipolis Police Department was damaged after another car allegedly pulled out in front of it on Eastern Avenue, according to the Gallia-Meigs Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The crash occurred around 2 p.m., Wednesday, on Eastern Avenue in front of Norris Northup Dodge.
According to a spokesperson from OSHP, Randy Stewart, 42, Point Pleasant, W.Va., was attempting to pull out of the Norris Northup car lot, driving a car on loan from the dealership. Stewart did yield to the first of two GPD cruisers which were traveling on Eastern Avenue, en route to a call, but did not see the second cruiser, also en route to a call, according to the OSHP spokesperson. Stewart pulled out into the road, accidentally making contact with that second cruiser, driven by GPD Officer Matt Still, according to the investigating officer. The OSHP spokesperson also said the cruiser was utilizing lights and sirens at the time the crash occurred.
There were minor injuries to Stewart and Still. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.
Though the accident took place within the city limits of Gallipolis, it is protocol that OSHP investigate in these situations to avoid any sort of conflict of interest.
Stewart was cited in the crash for failure to yield.