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For the second time in four days, a Columbus Police Department patrol car was involved in a two-vehicle crash, police said.
At 8:32 a.m. Tuesday, Patrolman John Thompson was driving north on Central Avenue, using his radar in the area of 12th Street to check for southbound speeders, Columbus Police Chief Jason Maddix said.
When a fast-moving southbound vehicle passed Thompson, the officer immediately activated his emergency lights and checked his mirrors. However, the officer could not see another southbound car that was in Thompson’s blind spot as he attempted to make a U-turn, Maddix said.
Thompson’s car collided with a 2002 Honda Civic, driven by Luke Lutz, 29, of Seymour, Maddix said. While both drivers complained of minor hand pain, neither was seriously hurt, he said.
Last Friday afternoon, Patrolman Chad Davis failed to yield the right of way at Eighth and Wilson streets and was struck by a car, Maddix said. While Davis was not hurt, the other driver complained of minor pain, according to the police chief.
An accident review committee will investigate both crashes to determine whether corrective or disciplinary action needs to be taken, Maddix said.
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