Officer Cleared in Oil City Crash

| January 16, 2019

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – An Oil City Police Officer who was involved in a two-vehicle crash on Saturday afternoon has been cleared.

According to a release from Oil City Police Chief Robert Wenner, the Oil City Police conducted further investigation into the motor vehicle accident which occurred at 1:54 p.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2019, on East First Street at State Street in Oil City.

Chief Wenner and Patrolman Ruditis conducted interviews with multiple persons who were present at the time of the accident.

According to the release, during the course of the interviews, the officers learned that the Oil City Police Department Marked Patrol Unit was using their audio and visual signals (lights and siren) while traveling on State Street through to East First Street.

Further, multiple witnesses stated they heard and saw the Oil City Police Department Patrol Unit using the signals while entering the intersection of East First Street at State Street at the time of the accident.

It was also noted that the witnesses stated the Oil City Police Department Marked Patrol Unit slowed down and conducted a “stutter stop” prior to entering the said intersection while having audible and visual signals activated.

Based on this investigation, it was found that the officers were traveling in an emergency response for a domestic dispute which was reported as being physical in nature. The officers activated the siren and had the emergency lights on upon entering into the intersection at State Street and East First Street.

“There was nothing here than indicated any kind of intent or violation of policy or procedure,” Chief Wenner told in a phone interview.

According to the release, based on a statement from the operator of the other vehicle, upon hearing the siren he looked to the rear as he thought the siren had come from the rear of his location and upon looking forward again, the operator observed the Oil City Police Department Patrol Unit in front of him in his lane of travel, which was the south eastbound lane or the lane closest to the Franklin Oil Region Credit Union.

The operator stated that once he saw the vehicle, he was unable to stop his vehicle, striking the police vehicle in the right front fender wheel area with the front end of his vehicle, causing heavy damage to both vehicles which required towing from the scene.

No one was injured in the accident.

According to Chief Wenner, the officer involved was cleared and has been on duty.

The names of the drivers involved, as well as a determination of fault in the crash, will be released in the full accident report, which Chief Wenner hopes to have ready by the end of this week.


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