Brakes on Girard police cruiser fail, vehicle flips over

The cruiser, which was traveling at about 25 miles per hour, hit a guide wire and flipped over

A Girard police cruiser overturned when the brakes failed on the vehicle.

GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) – A Girard police officer flipped the cruiser he was driving early Thursday morning after the brakes failed in the vehicle, according to Girard Police Capt. John Norman.

The accident happened about 12:30 a.m. Investigators said the brakes on the vehicle failed while the officer was turning onto Maple Street off of Route 422. The officer suffered minor scrapes.

“No one was injured and that’s the most important part of this and the officer was responding to another officer’s call and they were doing their job,” Mayor James Melfi said.

Melfi says Sergeant Freeman was on his way to help another officer with juveniles who ran when the officer was checking to see if they were violating curfew.

“He’s a very good police officer and accidents do occur, so we’ll do our investigation.”

He claims this particular cruiser just recently had mechanical work done, including work on the brakes.

Invesigators don’t believe Freeman was travelling very fast, about 25 miles per hour, but they do think that the cruiser hit a guide wire leading up to a utility pole. They say that is what caused the car to flip onto its hood.

The 2008 Chevy Impala was badly damaged in the crash, and Melfi says it could be totaled.

“If it is totaled, there will be some out-of-pocket costs and as I said, at that time, we’ll determine whether or not we buy another cruiser.”

Police are continuing their investigation to determine if the accident was caused by a mechanical malfunction or driver error.



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