The Middletown, Ohio, police department has reported that around 4:20am on Sunday am officer was involved in a crash with a civilian driver who was intoxicated.
On their Social Media pages, MPD announced they're going to use every resource available at their disposal to combat the widespread Heroin epidemic which has plagued the city for the better part of a decade now.
Ohio has the nation's largest overdose toll now, with widespread heroin abuse and ease of access at the root of the problem. You can literally be pumping gasoline and buy it from a drug dealer outside most gas stations.
At least 4,149 Ohioans died from unintentional drug overdoses in 2016, a 36 percent leap from just the previous year, when Ohio had by far the most overdose deaths in the nation, according to county coroner's figures compiled by researchers.
Middletown, Ohio, which resides in Butler County, saw at least 196 deaths alone in it's community in 2016.
The officers involved in the crash were actually on their way to report to a 911 distress call about an overdose when the incident happened.
“Very definition of ironic. Thankful our two officers made it out safely after being hit by a person suspected of opioid abuse while en route to an overdose call early this morning,” police posted to its Facebook page. “This has to stop. All Middletown needs to take a stand against opioid abuse. It's going to take all of us.” MPD said.
The Middletown man driving the vehicle was already believed to have been on drugs when he crashed into Middletown Division of Police cruiser in a three-vehicle crash this morning.
The scene of the crash occurred around 4:20 a.m. when the Ohio State Highway Patrol said Adam Danner ran a red light at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Breiel Boulevard and struck the cruiser.
According to a release from the highway patrol’s Hamilton Post, the impact sent the cruiser into the opposite lane of traffic and into a southbound truck.
The two officers which were in the cruiser on the way to another overdose incident and the pickup truck driver also hit in the crash were treated at the scene. Danner was taken to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown with minor injuries.
Deputies said while in the hospital, Danner admitted to using heroin before driving.
At a press conference this afternoon, Ohio State Highway Patrol Lebanon Post Sgt. Tom Bloomberg said “charges likely will be filed Monday in Middletown against a man who admitted to being under the influence of drugs when he crashed into a Middletown Division of Police cruiser early this morning.”
“There are going to be charges,” Bloomberg said. “There will definitely be OVI because he admitted to being impaired and obviously showed signs of impairment.”