WARREN - A man accused of crashing a minivan into a city police cruiser Monday night and injuring a patrolman has been charged with aggravated vehicular assault.
Jermaine Hall, 36, of Warren, who was taken into custody by the Ohio State Highway Patrol shortly after the hit-and run crash, appeared for an arraignment in Warren Municipal Court Tuesday morning on the felony charge. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf and his bond was set at $7,500. He is due back in municipal court at 1:30 p.m., Dec. 5, for a preliminary hearing.
Troopers said Hall crashed into the back of Warren city Patrolman David Weber's cruiser around 8:30 p.m. on West Market Street as Weber was conducting a traffic stop just west of Main Street.
Reports state that Weber had just returned to the police cruiser to obtain information for a ticket when his vehicle was rear-ended by the 1995 Mercury Villager troopers said Hall was driving.
Weber was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph Health Center to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. Police said he is doing well.
At the time of the crash, Weber was standing to the right of his cruiser and was leaning partially into the vehicle, the patrol reported.
Troopers said Hall, who was not injured, was traveling east on West Market Street when his vehicle hit the rear of Weber's cruiser. Hall then attempted to leave the scene, traveling east on West Market Street before being stopped by several Warren City police officers, reports state.
The driver of the vehicle pulled over by Weber, James Binion of Warren, told a Tribune Chronicle reporter that he did not see the accident, but heard the crash.
Binion said the driver of the minivan backed away from the police cruiser and then continued driving east to Main Avenue, where his minivan stopped in the intersection of Main Avenue and Market Street with heavy front-end damage.
OSP, which is investigating the crash, responded. City police officers helped Weber to the side of the road and worked to stabilize his neck as they waited for MedStar Ambulance crews to arrive.
Troopers said alcohol and drugs appear to have been a factor in the crash.